KAUKAUNA — The coworking space industry is booming thanks to a major shift in how people work following the height of the pandemic.

And now Kaukauna will soon have its own coworking space with a facility currently under construction at 390 Farmland Drive off Green Bay Road on Kaukauna’s north side.

Aaron and Allie Thiel live in Kaukauna and own and operate two other businesses in the city, along with CO4 Workspace, their new coworking venture.

The the building houses their other two companies, as well as five other small businesses: Imagine.Design.Build, Bad Batch Crossfit, Ames Commercial Cleaning, Magnuson Electric, The Wandering Table and a new start up in the making who will be smoking meats for retail sale, Allie Thiel said.

The two-story front of building will be home to Amplify Technologies, a pro A/V company doing business in Kaukauna for 20 years, as well as Electric City Property Maintenance.

Their also will be 13 private offices available for rent for other small businesses, remote workers, or independent professionals & creatives looking for shared amenities and a serviced office space.

Thiel said that CO4 Workspace came from their desire to provide space in their rural community to dream big, incubate new ideas, and collaborate with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

Coworking has grown from the trend of hybrid work, where people are in the office some days, and work remotely others. Coworking spaces offer a work environment that’s both flexible but also free from any of the distractions that come with working at home.

The facility is expected to open in February or March.

Space offerings
Thiel said the CO4 Workspace is made up of a variety of different spaces of varying sizes and capabilities, including:

  • CoStore – a 24/7 coffee-shop-type space offering coffee, snacks and food options.
  • Podcast Room – a space specifically designed for audio recording.
  • Zen Den – a space to relax, refresh and reset. “I’m interviewing some massage therapists right now to see if they’d like to offer services out of that room,” Thiel said.
  • Executive suites.
  • Private offices.
  • Reserved desks – semi-private desk space with reserved, secured storage.
  • Opening seating.
  • Team offices – workspaces to accommodate small group gatherings and offices designed to suit two to four team members.
  • Conference rooms – “The meeting spaces were fueled by people that need to meet clients, but don’t necessarily want to meet them in a coffee shop – they want a more professional environment,” Thiel said. “So, there are conference rooms available for people to rent, even if you’re not a member of the space.”
  • Zoom room – equipped virtual meeting rooms.
  • Event space – customizable space to accommodate any event of up to 60 people.
  • Co-warehouse space – heated storage options from small, secure shelving units in a shared co-warehouse bay to 1,200-square-foot individual warehouse units.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.