In June this past summer I started as an intern splitting time between the marketing agency Eric Diaz co-owns and partly for Coworking on 15th. I started interning the week Eric switched his Phoenix office space into what is now known as the Coworking on 15th Ave building. What was previously a local tile business with two kitchen spaces and a showroom had suddenly become our new office. It was new to all of us.
To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever sweat as much indoors as I did during those first two weeks of my internship. It was June in Phoenix and only one of the two air conditioners was working, but to no avail. Because Eric is originally from the cold state of Ohio I thought he was still trying to warm up after moving to Phoenix two years ago. During the rest of my internship I watched as the coworking building slowly transformed, starting with the air conditioners, into what it is today.
If you haven’t stopped by Coworking on 15th to visit us already, the building you will see on November 7th is an entirely different place than what it started out as. It won’t feel like you’re traveling back to the 1970s anymore. You won’t see the old ceiling tiles that hung down so low that you felt like crouching down as you walked in, nor will you see the holes in the ceiling that were filled in with ceiling fans and recessed lights, and finally, you won’t be able to enjoy seeing the brown wood grain laminate that once covered an entire room.
Instead, you will see the brand new exposed air conditioning ducts running from room to room, the ‘Coworking Blue’ tinted paint on the walls, and the 4’ by 9’ opening in a wall that opens up to the room where Eric and I recorded the first podcast for the marketing agency. More importantly you will find a place to hang your bike, set up your computer, and share ideas with other creative, forward-thinking individuals.
Eric saw a potential in this building that the rest of us didn’t quite understand at first. What he envisioned for Coworking on 15th is getting very close to becoming a reality. One of the few things left to do is add people. Coworking on 15th has transformed into a home away from home for a lot of us already and, as someone who has watched the transformation take place, I am excited for other professionals to join us. I look forward to seeing you here and if it’s Friday come find me at the BBQ and I will cook something up for you.