Kyle Altes said remote working has shown many the value of having a workspace away from home.
Working from home can be distracting, isolating and less than inspiring, and one Ormond Beach resident has created a business to solve that problem: He's opened a local coworking space.
Foundry Coworking located at 728 Fentress Blvd. in Daytona Beach is a shared space where remote workers can set up shop for a day, or rent a dedicated desk or office space. Owner Kyle Altes has seen this concept in cities like Seattle, Denver and Atlanta, and decided to bring it to the community. With so many more people working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said he believes many people will realize the value of having a dedicated workspace.
“It’s almost ironic that we need something that’s a little less convenient than our house," Altes said.
Membership options range from $12 daily passes to $95 a month for use of the building's main atrium, as well as from $250 a month for a desk space to $1,295 a month for an executive office space.
The building has been in the Altes family since it was constructed in 1986. The idea to turn it into a coworking space was born in 2018, but it wasn't until a year later that Altes finished setting up the space. Design and aesthetic is a passion of his, and he's filled the Foundry Coworking with designer furniture from the 1950s and 1960s.
“I want to go into a space where someone put thought into the actual design of it, and that it the last thing that seems to be on the mind of most business complexes and business buildings," Altes said.
The furniture pieces come from across the country, and go hand in hand with another company of his that sell these pieces.
Since he was a kid, Altes said he's enjoyed creating spaces. He also loves community and believes people often work more efficiently when able to feed off each other.
“The future is definitely going to be co-op — it’s shared, and that’s why Uber has been so successful," Altes said. "I think at our core we realize that in order to maximize the use of our things, we share.”