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These are the things we must have in a space.

  • Restroom facilities
  • Broadband internet hookup
  • Differently abled accessible (e.g. ramps, elevators)
  • Accessible parking/van parking
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom(s) (space for a wheelchair on one of the sides of the toilet)
  • Airconditioned space, or the ability to provide it at a financially reasonable rate


These are nice to haves, in no particular order. Note that as various members likely want opposing things, given items may very well contradict each other. That's good! It means we can start talking about what makes the most people happiest.

  • Larger space than we have now
  • Close to downtown
  • At ground-level (at least in part)
  • Easy to bring in large items (e.g. arcade cabinets, appliances)
  • Availability of 220V/240V power connections (could be needed in the future for larger/more exotic tools and equipment)
  • Good ventilations for welding/laser cutting and other tools techniques we can't use now
  • Lot's parking
  • A separate room, with AC, we can put noisy servers in
  • A separate room or area we can just pile everything in so there's less contention about keeping items around

Possible Locations

Rosetta Dr


  • Cost: ?
  • Square feet: ?
  • Aircon: No
  • Heat: Partial
  • Type of space: Warehouse
  • Utilties: Not included
  • Internet: Needs to be wired up, not included
  • Bathrooms: Available in the other artist's space, accessible?

Rosetta Dr is a large warehouse space. The space is shared with a metal artist, but his space is divided off from the space we would be using. The majority of the space is underground, there is a window at the front of the space alongside the entrance.

There is no division within the space--there was some indication the landlord would be willing to do modifications/renovations, with attendant increases in cost.


  • Large warehouse space
  • Landlord willingness to renovate


  • Location is a ways away from anything else downtown, hidden in a residential area.


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  • Cost: ?
  • Square feet: ?
  • Aircon: Partial
  • Heat: Partial
  • Type of space: Warehouse
  • Utilities: Not included
  • Internet: ?
  • Bathrooms: ?

Broadway is one industrial bay and a small office area. It is shared with another business who may be moving out, at which point we could occupy the entire space. We would need to buildout in order to have an air conditioned space suitable for our needs. Whether modifications are possible isn't yet known--we need to meet up with the landlord.



W Corporation

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  • Cost: 1400 (?)
  • Square feet:?
  • Aircon: Yes
  • Heat: Yes
  • Type of space: Warehouse
  • Utilities: Not included
  • Internet: Wired up, but not included
  • Bathrooms: One tiny bathroom, not accessible

W Corporation is a divided warehouse. It has two rooms, both large, both industrial. One has a garage door as an entryway. Heating in one room is provided by a wood burning stove; the other has a heater. There is no airconditioning, but it may be possible to install ductless airconditioning in the smaller room with the garage door. It includes a large fenced lot and has a covered outdoor space.

It needs modifications to suit our needs (in particular the bathroom) but the landlord is amenable to us doing it ourselves; the bathroom however requires a contractor, as plumbing/electric is involved in any sort of redesign.

It also has a problem with water; the previous tenant reports that there are leaks down most walls, and we saw standing water in one of the two rooms on the last visit.


  • Large space
  • Pretty good location (rigsbee area)


  • Needs work for AC
  • Needs work for accessible bathrooms

Snow Building

  • Cost: 1400 (?)
  • Square feet:?
  • Aircon: Yes
  • Heat: Yes
  • Type of space: Office
  • Utilities: Included
  • Internet: Included
  • Bathrooms: Two bathrooms, accessible

The Snow Building is our current space. If we stay, the property manager has offered to give us the current conference room, control of the back stairs, and add venting to the either our current space or the conference room. Rent will increase. They will also replace the carpet if we continue to have complaints about odor.


  • No moving
  • We would be given control of the back door up the stairs in the downstairs hallway, granting us our own door we could keep unlocked during meetings/events
  • We would be given ventilation either in the conference room (which now be ours) or in the current room


  • Parking costs money a good part of the time
  • Very cramped for space
  • No way to separate naturally-messy hacking space from needs-to-be-neat meeting space
  • Acoustics don't support meetings + tool usage
  • Conference room not easy to use
  • No windows
  • Basement location: stairs/elevator access painful
  • Back access via parking feels unsafe to many people
  • No actual industrial space