As startup companies are drawn increasingly to Sacramento, space to house their offices is in demand.
That's the starting premise for Sacramento architect Ron Vrilakas, who submitted plans to the city for a new startup campus in Oak Park.
Most startups, however, don't need a lot of office space.
That's why Vrilakas plans on using shipping containers to form the underlying structure of the two buildings planned for the campus. That's another growing trend in both residential and commercial development.
"This proposed project, the Triangle Work Space Development, would continue the momentum in the Triangle District by creating new retail and work space opportunities on an empty lot in the center of the district," Vrilakas wrote in his application to the city.
"Through years of leasing experience as developer in the Triangle," he continued, "it has become apparent that there is significant demand for small spaces with simple lease terms to support upstart local entrepreneurs, particularly in a collaborative and creative environment."
He describes the planned use of shipping containers as the underlying structure, "because of their ideal size and creative aesthetic, we determined containers to be appropriate to both the need for small spaces, while adding to the spirit of the district."
Vrilakas said he has contacted the people who own the properties next to the vacant lot and they are supportive of his project.
"The Oak Park Business Association is in support of the project," he added. "Council member Jay Schenirer supports the project."
The two buildings will frame an outdoor space open to the public, Vrilakas said, "with storefronts and outdoor seating and landscaping."
He estimates there will be some 30 retail and workspace opportunities, 160 square feet each, with the ability to merge several together if any tenant wants more space.
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