BOB opens and Pixar renos WorkSpace

With co-working office space a growing trend across North America, Gillian Shaw writes about the timely successor to Vancouver’s now-defunct WorkSpace today in the Vancouver Sun.

With inner-city Vancouver home to many independent tech and creative entrepreneurs, a newly opened shared workspace is a natural. It was created by Building Opportunities with Business, a non-profit aimed at supporting business development and job opportunities in the inner city.

High-ceilinged, spacious and located on the main floor of a building at 163 East Pender St., the shared open space gives tenants desk space, along with chairs, tables, couches and other furnishings that distinguish it from a less-inviting cubicle office. Art on the walls showcases local artists.

Nicknamed BOB, amenities include Wi-Fi, a fridge, microwave, filtered water cooler and secure bike storage for a $200/month – which is considerably cheaper than the failed WorkSpace.

Speaking of WorkSpace, word on the street is that Pixar is currently renovating the vacant space and plans to call it home starting next month.

Don’t be adding this new Water Street address to your address book for next year’s Christmas cards though, Pixar is still in seach of a 20,000+ square foot space and will only be using this location as a recruiting launch pad for a portion of 2010.