On Tuesday, TechSpace cut the ribbon on a new Costa Mesa business office location, making it the company’s sixth office across the country and second in Orange County.
photos by Lexi Malleo
The company, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, owns and leases office space to individuals, small and midsized businesses, entrepreneurs and startups, providing the full services and convenience of an office location to those seeking a new business address. All TechSpace offices include complete technology and network support, secure WiFi, and communications. The company’s other offices include locations in Los Angeles and New York.
“We believe this area is underserved. We’re really focused on the start-up, the small business owner, the entrepreneur, anyone who’s looking for a space where they can grow,” said Victor Memenas, TechSpace’ CEO. “We’ve been in Aliso Viejo for 11 years and we’ve been looking to expand further into South County. This is a great location, close proximity to South Coast Plaza, John Wayne and great freeway access.”
The new Costa Mesa office, located at the California Bank & Trust Building at 3420 Bristol Street, will ultimately occupy three floors and 30,000 square feet at the building. The space includes a data and server platform with Tier 1 enterprise IT infrastructure and a private, secure data network protected by a firewall. Complete support services include phone and voicemail systems, email, web service, mailroom, receptionist and an on-site property manager.
The office’s walls are cool blues and white, with birch and aluminum accents. Uncarpeted floors and exposed ceiling ducts in the main areas make for an urban-loft style environment, while artworks including skateboards, surfboards and ocean photography convey a youthful, hip ambiance.
The office currently occupies the 5th and 6th floors of the 7-floor building, and includes a reception area with seating and receptionist desk, a large community kitchen and dining space, flatscreen TVs and five meeting and conference rooms. The space includes 52 carpeted office suites and a total of 203 workspaces. Plans to expand onto the building’s 4th floor are underway for a 2013 opening.
“TechSpace provides the [small- to midsize business] community high-productivity, creatively charged office space and technology services,” Memenas said. We focus on the entrepreneur, the start-up, the small business owner. It is our goal and our mission to provide companies the best possible business platform, allowing them to succeed and grow.”
Yesterday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by a number of local business and community figures. Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer welcomed Memenas and TechSpace as the newest member of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Citing the city’s ability as an incubator of new business concepts –– including The Lab Anti Mall, the OC Mart Mix and the SoCo Collection –– Righeimer said TechSpace’s services and facilities are a draw for new companies to the area.
“The city of Costa Mesa is pretty excited about this kind of development in our community,” Righeimer said. “Costa Mesa’s very vibrant as far as what we can do to make sure new businesses are coming in, and this is the kind of development that really helps get things going.”
Matthew Jenusaitis, CEO of OCTANe, an organization providing support and networking services to Orange County-based startups and companies, reaffirmed the group’s relationship with TechSpace, saying that his company has been a resident of the Aliso Viejo office for years.
“The vision behind OCTANe is that Orange County is a great place to live, but the economy is largely based on tourism and real estate. And the leaders of the academic institutions and high technology companies recognize that there was a tremendous opportunity to invest in this ecosystem and develop and ensure that the county continued to evolve into this high-tech magnet,” Jenusaitis said. “And I think that the opening of this TechSpace is really a testament to the fact that there’s a ton of headroom in the high-tech space. And this [sector] is one of the futures of our economy in Orange County
Jenusaitis said that OCTANe’s services and programs stand to benefit TechSpace’s new residents; all businesses that move into the new office will receive automatic membership in OCTANe and be able to take advantage of its educational programs and business accelerator.
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