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CoLab Worspaces and Grind Coffee

Danto Builders recently won an award for the CoLab / Grind Coffee Project given by the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the American Institute of Architects for New Building / Small Commercial. Another award was received for this project from the South Florida Business Journal for the Best Reuse/Rehab category in the South Florida area.

Danto Builders completed the site work and interior and exterior renovations for CoLab Worspaces and Grind Coffee in downtown Fort Lauderdale located at 599 SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (down the street from the Publix, next to the railroad tracks).  This shared workspace, offices and coffee house has been one of the first commercial building major rehabs / renovations in this area; south side of the river. It features “repurposed” finishes and provides a laid-back, cool, and hip environment conducive to the many entrepreneurial projects being developed within its walls. Colab partnered with Grind Coffee to provide top-quality, freshly-ground caffeinated (or decaf) goods. Patrons can enjoy a cup of coffee, juice or soft drink sitting at the coffee bar or outside on the beautiful shaded patio.

Years ago, this building was supposedly a hardware store. It was bought by the owner and used primarily for storage for a number of years. Given the 3,000+ rental units being built in this area within a two-mile radius, the owner approached Danto Builders to help him lay out a floor plan and collaborate on design features for his shared office space and coffee concept. The design was then taken to an architect and engineer to complete the plans. The owner also owned the property next door, which is now used for additional parking.

This building went from a box-shaped, polka-dotted painted building to a clean, modern and cool design that catches the attention of many. Exterior work included Prodema wood siding, a new energy-efficient tapered-isoleen roofing system to run off the specially designed gutter system, new larger windows, and Nano glass folding (garage-looking) doors, which open up to the outside patio
area. In order to accommodate the Nano garage door, a structural beam header supported by structural columns down to grade beam had to be built. Additional structural support also was added for the larger windows installed. Site work also required new ADA compliant sidewalks, landscaping and lighting for parking. Unique, state-of- art lighting was used on the exterior as well as the interior.

An open-beam look drove the interior renovation. New A/C had to be relocated for aesthetics and electrical service upgraded. Some of the unique repurposed finishes include a conference table that consists of an airplane wing suspended from the ceiling. One wall is covered in “repurposed skateboard” tiles and the coffee bar is made of an old bowling alley floor. Other finishes consist of the open industrial ceilings, brick walls, and George Washington and the American flag painted on the walls. The flag painting quotes Wayne Huizenga. It says “The secret to success is hard work. If you want to accomplish twice as much as the competition, you have to work twice as hard.”

CoLab Workspaces encourages business pursuits along with people-to- people connections and networking. CoLab’s Workspaces are a go-to venue for professional, social, and community-organizing events; lectures, parties, and initiative startup meetings. Affordable memberships and rentable spaces are offered and conference rooms can be reserved. If you are a member, shared bicycles are also available to help members get around town and help preserve the environment.

See COLAB WORKSPACES for more information.

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