COVID-Conscious Co-Workspace in Phoenix

by Mike Hunter

Faciliteq, a leading workplace solution provider in the Southwest, opened its newest adaptive reuse project last month. Developed with sister company BWIQ (Build With IQ), the Five55 Melrose building (555 W. Turney Ave., Phoenix) transforms a former neighborhood fitness center into a modern co-working environment designed with the post-COVID world in mind.

Five55 Melrose was built in 1977 as a fitness center and racquetball club that served midtown Phoenix for 30 years. Faciliteq founder Quentin Abramo and BWIQ president John Shinners knew that respecting the history of the building was important for both the community and for bringing the space into in the future. Original features of the club still remain, from the courts that have become office and lounge areas to the center walkway that is now a gathering point for presentations and networking.

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Even before the novel coronavirus changed daily office life, Faciliteq has led the way in flexible workspace design that promotes safe environments. Features of Five55 Melrose showcase many of the solutions shared business spaces are now adapting to. Underfloor air distribution, instead of overhead venting, delivers cleaner air and better indoor air quality with up to 60% reduction in exposures to occupant-generated pollutants. Sixteen private office suites allow for personal privacy for each team while still maintaining an energetic, community atmosphere. And moveable walls with modular power and data allows workers to easily adapt as workspace needs or technology changes. 

Five55 Melrose was completed with partnership with architects William Erwin of Erwin Architecture and Don Andrews of Andrews Design Group as well as Sharp Construction. Interiors were completed by Faciliteq in partnership with Jennifer Goguen of Goguen Designs.   

Photo courtesy of Faciliteq

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