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Co-working space set to open; architecture firm moving in

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Bonsall Shafferman Architects and Space Planners will move into co-working space on Broad Street in Bethlehem. (Photo by Brian Pedersen)
Bonsall Shafferman Architects and Space Planners will move into co-working space on Broad Street in Bethlehem. (Photo by Brian Pedersen)
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As one architecture firm moves out of its office space into a new co-working space, another firm will take its place.

Bonsall Shafferman Architects and Space Planners will move out of its office in Hanover Township, Northampton County, next month, while Robert Half International, another firm in the business park, will move into it.

PennCap Properties of Bethlehem, the commercial real estate firm that owns and manages the architecture firm's office space at 1525 Valley Center Parkway, Suite 130, will move Robert Half International out of that space and into Bonsall’s old space, said Lisa Pektor, president of PennCap Properties.

PennCap needs to move tenants out of that building to accommodate the growth of Lehigh Valley Academy, she said.

Robert Half is a publicly traded company that specializes in job placement and recruitment.

Pektor said the company should be moving into the new space in about three months.

Matthew Croteau, a spokesperson for Robert Half, said the company has about 12 employees that would occupy the space. They are employees from Accountemps, Office Team and Robert Half Finance & Accounting, all divisions of Robert Half International.

CO-WORKING SPACE

Gary Lader, a project manager at Bonsall Shafferman, said his firm’s lease will expire and it decided to move its four employees into a co-working space. These types of places offer workers flexible environments where different firms can network and collaborate while working in the same building.

Lader and his wife, Jennifer, a writer and entrepreneur, recently bought a building in west Bethlehem and are the ones transforming it into CoWork 414, after its address, 414 W. Broad St.

Lader said he and his wife bought the building for $207,000 in January from ESSA Bank & Trust. By April, he expects to have his firm moved in and he and Jennifer will have the co-working space up and running.

Bonsall Shafferman will occupy all of the first floor. The firm is excited to move downtown, Jennifer Lader said.

The total building is 2,000 square feet and has room for entrepreneurs to set up space and share desks and furniture. The vintage-style building offers two stories, with hardwood flooring throughout.

The Laders are looking for people from a variety of industries to share in the co-working space. The Laders will manage the property and offer part-time and full-time co-working memberships for a fee. They also plan to host regular events and seminars in the building where people can learn and network.

People interested in joining the co-working space could be anyone from seniors to millennials and even tutors seeking a space to work with students, Jennifer Lader said. The common theme would be the desire to collaborate.

MEMBERSHIP BASED

Members pay a fee based on how frequently they want to use the space. Some may want to use it every day while others only a few times a month. Those who use the space more frequently could opt to have their own personal desk and file cabinet, she added.

“I could easily imagine there’s people coming and going at different times,” Jennifer Lader said. “Since it’s membership based, we are going to respond to them to see what it can be. We are open to making changes based on what the members want and our budget will allow.”

The building, nearly completely renovated, includes high-speed Internet access, multiple desk spaces, conference rooms and access to a kitchen and printer.

Jerdon Construction of South Whitehall Township completed the renovations. Gary Lader said he is putting in the final touches, which includes outfitting the offices and painting.

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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