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ALBANY, NY – Company executives from The Rosenblum Companies were joined today by state and local officials and members of the business community for a socially distanced ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Rosenblum’s first flexible office and coworking space, called Hone Coworks.
Hone Coworks occupies a 12,000+ square foot suite on the first floor of 300 Great Oaks Boulevard in Great Oaks Office Park, which is located at the epicenter of the Capital Region one block from the on-ramp for Interstates I-87 and I-90 on Western Avenue. Rosenblum’s in-house project management team oversaw the design and construction of the space, which boasts large exterior windows on three sides and convenient first-floor access from the building’s main lobby as well as a dedicated member entrance. Hone is adorned throughout with designer finishes and fixtures, and original artwork by regional creatives.
Hone caters to companies and professionals seeking private offices with 36 move-in ready suites that can accommodate teams from one to nine people. Each office is fully furnished with powered sit-stand desks and Herman Miller ergonomic chairs. Floor-to-ceiling glass entries, which maximize natural light, are individually keyed and personalized with the member’s logo.
Hone also provides multiple purpose-driven shared spaces for concentrating, conversing or collaborating as needed. They include a kitchen and café, privacy booths, a “library” with focus pods, lounge, and wellness room. Five meeting rooms of varying size equipped with virtual conference technology accommodate two to twelve people. Individuals who do not require a private office can purchase an open coworking membership for use of the common areas.
Memberships at Hone Coworks are all-inclusive and available on a month-to-month basis with no upfront costs, in contrast to typical office leases which require a multi-year commitment and capital expenses like furniture. For no extra charge, members enjoy ultra-fast redundant Internet, printing and copying, freshly ground small batch coffee from Brewtus Roasting in Delmar, NY, healthy snacks, use of the meeting rooms, and more. In addition, members have access to the office park amenities at Great Oaks; e.g. picnic areas with WiFi, showers, a 2/3 mile groomed jogging path and abundant onsite parking. Members can access Hone 24/7 and a custom app makes it easy to book meeting rooms or communicate with other members.
“A true Class A office experience is accessible, not aspirational, at Hone Coworks,” said Seth Rosenblum, CEO of The Rosenblum Companies. “We’ve applied 40 years of experience providing commercial office space to creating a flexible workplace that is inspiring and functional so our members can make every workday a successful day.”
Maintaining a safe, healthier working environment for members and staff underpins Hone’s commitment to an elevated office experience, particularly with the advent of COVID-19.
“Many of our members who have been working from home recognize they get more accomplished working among other like-minded professionals,” said Sara McDonnell, Hone’s Community Manager. “To provide peace of mind about returning to the workplace, we’ve implemented a comprehensive safety plan that includes cleaning and disinfection protocols, touchless interactions, proper PPE, communication, and the space design itself.”
Despite the pandemic, Hone has already attracted a diverse group of charter members since its soft opening last month, including Ayzo Ridge Consulting, Aries Power, and Schwartz Heslin Group. Principals from each company were on hand for today’s ceremony.
“I fell in love with the space the moment I first walked in,” explained Bridgette Shoemaker, owner of Ayzo Ridge, which designs and manages commercial signage projects. “The amenities here fulfill my youthful dreams of being a CEO with a swanky high rise office. My private suite allows for noise-free conference calls and the organic conversations over the kitchen counter are priceless. At Hone, I am part of a community where I can make connections and turn those connections into projects for my business.”
“Our business has been growing with several large commercial solar projects in the Capital Region, but we were so busy, we couldn’t dedicate time to start up a new office,” said Jason Allen, founder of Aries Power, a distributed power generation development company. “Hone is perfect for us; the day we signed up we were able to start working as well as ‘meeting’ with customers and partners across several locations because the conference technology here works flawlessly.”
“Schwartz Heslin Group is proud to be one of the first tenants at Hone Coworks,” said Rai Archibold, Managing Director of the SHG, which primarily focuses on providing investment banking, strategic advisory, and valuation services. “As a professional services firm, it was important for us to find the right type of work space that combines world-class design, innovative technology, and a high level of hospitality necessary for us to collaborate and meet with our clients. We believe Hone is the right fit for us and look forward to growing with them.”
“Small businesses are the backbone of our community and many of them, particularly since the pandemic, are operating out of a home office,” said Daniel McCoy, Albany County Executive. “State-of-the-art coworking spaces offer the advantages of being able to collaborate with other professionals and have a formal office to meet with clients or staff for meetings. Hone Coworks fills that need perfectly.”
“I am excited to welcome Hone Coworks to the Capital District,” said State Senator Neil Breslin. “Coworking space in the heart of the Capital Region is an essential tool offering flexibility and collaboration in our rapidly changing economy.”
“Coworking spaces have quickly become a signature of the 21st century and the modern, global economy we find ourselves in,” said Assemblymember Patricia Fahy. “These spaces foster and help grow the Capital Region’s creative economy, entrepreneur community, and its attractiveness as a top-notch destination for young professionals and new start-ups in the Northeast. I look forward to seeing Hone Coworks’ positive impact on our local economy in the near future.”
“I extend a warm welcome to Hone Coworks which will offer an innovative approach for supporting local businesses in Guilderland,” said Peter G. Barber, Supervisor for the Town of Guilderland. “This creative concept of shared workspaces for all business types provides a home for collaborations, offers cost savings, and promotes growth in our local economy.”
“The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce is so excited to welcome Hone Coworks to Guilderland,” said Danielle Walsh, Executive Director at the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce. “The majority of our membership at the Guilderland Chamber is businesses with 1-10 employees. The ideal market for Hone Coworks – the space is perfect for companies just starting out, those looking to downsize their office space, a business person who needs a change of scenery from the work from home life, and companies looking for a flexible approach to office space.”
“The Rosenblum Companies consistently sets new standards for office spaces in our community,” said Mark Eagan, President and CEO of the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce. “Hone is a beautiful space that combines a mix of private-office and open-space coworking in a central location right off the Northway.”
Tours of Hone Coworks are available during regular office hours:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
300 Great Oaks Blvd., Suite 300
Albany, NY 12203
Meeting rooms are available for hourly rental by non-members during working hours.
To schedule a tour, book a meeting room, or become a member of Hone Coworks:
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