Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Downtown San Antonio's co-working space Geekdom is expanding, adding more classrooms and a podcast studio on the basement level of the Rand Building it inhabits downtown.
The more than 1,800 Geekdom members will be able to use the new facilities sometime in late fall, when construction is expected to be completed, Geekdom CEO David Garcia said.
"You'll see more collisions of ideas happening by more and more meetups being here," Garcia said. "We're very excited to see this finally come to life. We've been waiting a long time for this expansion to happen, and I think you're going to see a lot of great things happening."
The project began last month. Renovations have mostly wrapped up at the 110 E. Houston St. collaborative space for local entrepreneurs.
Geekdom Chairman Lorenzo Gomez said the new space will comprise the headquarters of his new offshoot company Geekdom Media.
Launched in June, Geekdom Media produces and publishes books and podcasts. Geekdom's content arm aired its first podcast – "The Brand Brothers," co-hosted by Gomez and branding expert Bill Schley – that same month.
Local news station KSAT reported last year that the project would cost $100,000, but Geekdom officials declined to confirm that figure.
The expansion entails the addition of about 10,000 square feet for training, classes, and meetups as well as office space and community space.
Meeting space has been a need for Geekdom, Garcia said. The Geekdom Event Centre adjacent to the Rand Building can hold as many as 120 people. The co-working space has conference rooms that can host about 10 people, but most of the meeting organizers at Geekdom need space for 15 or more attendees, Garcia said.
The new classroom space will allow for two meetings to occur in simultaneously on the basement level in addition to any events that may be taking place at Geekdom's other venues.
The common area will feature a USAA-sponsored "military corner," which will have restaurant-like booths.
Garcia said construction crews were installing the podcast studio with double insulation and acoustic tiles to make the space soundproof. The space will feature microphones and other sound production accessories, so podcasters will not have to use their own equipment.
"A lot of people have been asking about [the podcast studio], so I am sure it will have good use," Garcia said.
The project was originally slated to begin last April but was postponed. Geekdom's contractor began securing construction permits in January.
Construction is expected to be wrapped up by the end of October, Garcia said.