What do a published author, an attorney, and a software programmer have in common? They all work out of Railyard Offices, an 11,000-square foot coworking space just west of downtown Fargo.
Coworking spaces have experienced a surge in popularity since the early 2000s; from their origins in cities like New York and San Francisco, these communal, flexible office spaces have begun popping up in smaller communities across the country—including right here in our own backyard.
With the increased attention, coworking spaces (and the people who occupy them) have also taken on a few stereotypes. It is often assumed that coworking spaces are reserved for Millennials, typically in tech or creative fields, and that a coworking space is merely a stepping stone on their way to occupying a “real” office.
Fargo developer, visionary, and architect Kevin Bartram had seen spaces like these while visiting cities across the United States. He was inspired by the creativity and community they fostered; but when he decided to transform an abandoned warehouse into Railyard Offices, he wanted to do things a bit differently.
“It’s not just a temporary space for growing companies,” said Lori Bartram, General Manager of Railyard Offices and Kevin’s wife. “We want this to be a place that people of any age, in any field, would be proud to work out of and have represent their brand.”
Railyard Offices has created an environment that combines the comfort and flexibility of home with the amenities and professionalism of a traditional office—without all of the overhead. Membership at Railyard includes 24/7 access, free parking, utilities, office equipment, and bottomless coffee.