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Coworking space opens in Highlands Ranch

Rally Workspace provides another option for businesses

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Highlands Ranch residents who need temporary office space can look no further.

Rally Workspace, a 15,000-square-foot floor of a commercial building at 8740 Lucent Blvd., is officially open for business. The shared office open space — coined “coworking” — with unobstructed views of the mountains, is equipped with a mix of desks, cubicles, offices and conference rooms that can be rented on a monthly basis.

“All it basically means is the person you sit next to may or may not work at the same company,” executive director Mark Voegele said at the grand opening on Jan. 16.

One of the nation's largest student loan servicers, Nelnet, is Rally's parent company. Nelnet opened its second coworking space in Highlands Ranch — the first is in Lincoln, Nebraska — to provide an option for a variety of people in the business world, including employees of a startup or small company, freelancers, home business owners and commuters. Because there are several existing coworking spaces in downtown Denver, Highlands Ranch is a fitting location, Voegele explained. An online search shows that the only other space of its kind in the community is Regus in Shea Center, a commercial building west of Lucent Boulevard.

“We thought downtown Denver is pretty saturated with workspaces,” Voegele said. “Out in Highlands Ranch, there isn't a whole lot.”

And given the high rate of home businesses in Highlands Ranch, said Andrea LaRew, president of the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, a space like Rally is “much needed.”

The entire floor is being completed in phases. Phase one, with 11 offices, 18 desks and one conference room, was completed in three to four months prior to the soft opening last August. More than half of the rental options are already full, said Voegele, adding that users tend to stay an average of 90 days. Plans for the next phases include more desks, offices and a second conference room. Voegele expects to see more traffic as the Central Park development south of the building is completed.

One business that is currently utilizing Rally is Redfin, a residential real estate company with a main office in Denver. Some employees are in cubicles; others have closed-off offices.

The Highlands Ranch location is convenient for Terry Carter, a Redfin listing coordinator who lives across the street. The downtown office is small and parking is a burden, she said.

Employees at the main office “were having to move their cars every two hours,” Carter said. “This is just amazing.”

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