Jen Lewin needed a bigger space -- and a loading dock.
Lewin, a Boulder artist renowned for her large interactive sculptures, has tried her best to make do with spaces around the city.
The ones near downtown kept her close to other artists and allowed her to feed off the creative energy, but the studios were too small and not ideal for her larger-scale pieces. The ones in warehouses across town were vastly too big and resulted in feelings of isolation.
So Lewin decided to create her own space and share it with others.
Lewin and her partners, who run the Boulder-based Jen Lewin Studio, leased a 12,000-square-foot space at 3550 Frontier Ave. to develop The Studio, a co-working space for artists and others in the creative industry.
"I started tossing this idea around (with business partner Bill Goodrich), and there was a vision of a diverse and wonderful co-working space that can support regular businesses but also support these artists," Lewin said.
The Studio, which neighbors the newly opened Sanitas Brewing Co., is being outfitted to include three workshops; a half-dozen office spaces; two conference rooms, including one in an Airstream trailer; a kitchen with a community table; a mezzanine; and space for Jen Lewin Studio's operations.
The warehouse space will be designed to encourage collaboration, but also allow the artists and entrepreneurs privacy -- something that often is critical in the creative process, she said.
Work is underway and expected to wrap up in the coming weeks, Lewin said. The intention is to have The Studio be operational by the first of the year.
"I feel like what we're going to be able to do is create a great community," she said.
A local filmmaker, a small nonprofit and an architect are among the parties that could land in The Studio, she said.
"We only really started putting our information out there and started looking very recently," she said, noting the space could reasonably fit eight different businesses.
The arrival of The Studio complements the neighboring Sanitas, a craft brewery, and APEX Movement, a Parkour gym, said Ben Woolf, director of investments for Conscience Bay Co., the Boulder-based private equity firm that owns the Frontier Avenue property.
The tenants have helped to enliven a part of Boulder that previously was just warehouses and distribution centers, he said.
"We're excited about the chance to build a community and focus that community around creativity," Woolf said.
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