HiVE Vancouver is officially open

This week saw the Gala opening of Vancouver’s newest coworking and community space, the HiVE.  The HiVE occupies the second floor of three recently restored buildings in Vancouver’s historic inner-city.  This gives the HiVE about 9000 total square feet most of it one large contiguous open space.  There are meeting rooms in one back corner, near where the bikes are parked.  The space is bisected by a glass half wall with a wooden work surface along it’s top.  On one side of the wall is the kitchen, the meeting rooms, and cafe-like seating by the windows. Hot Desks at the HiVE

The larger half, approximately two thirds of the total floor area is reserved for coworkers.  The back portion has dedicated desks while the front portion is for ‘hot-desking’.  More furniture will be added, as currently the space was set up for the Gala and the dust was still on the floor when the doors opened for business.  The HiVE is looking for more coworkers and the meeting rooms and the large front area are also available for hosting events.  There a variety of pricing plans available.  Event space is available at a discount to local non-profits, of which the DTES has many.

The HiVE grew out of the local community’s desire to replace WorkSpace when it closed suddenly.  The HiVE is a community focused space that is a result of extensive consultation, brain storming, and research.  I was involved heavily in the very beginning, writing letters of support, suggesting Vancity as a possible funder, lobbying hard to have the space located in the inner-city, etc.  So when the Gala opening arrived it was wonderful to see what once a bunch of scribbles and post it notes, be an actual living, breathing, coworking and event space.

HiVE Gala Opening taken by Peter Holmes

The opening Gala was well attended, I spent a lot of time talking to members of City Council, the Planning Department, and the local BIA about what a great addition the HiVE was to the neighborhood and how more work was still needed on revitalization, heritage preservation, and sustainability in Vancouver’s historic inner-city. Map of Local Bike Routes

The HiVE is across the street from the Woodward’s complex which is home to: 1000s of people of varying income levels, London Drugs, Nestors, JJ Bean, and the W2 Media Cafe.  It is within walking distance of major public transport hubs such as Waterfront Station.  It is near both the Carrall Street Greenway as well as numerous other local bike routes.  The HiVE is situated between Gastown and Chinatown giving occupants numerous restaurant options for both lunch and dinner.  If you pack your own lunch you can enjoy it at Portside Park (Crab Park) or  the park adjacent to the Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  And after work is through there are plenty of great places to have a pint such as: Steamworks brew pub, the Irish Heather, and the Alibi Room.

The just reopened Save On Meats is also less than a block away, so drop by and see the new space and see what the neighborhood has to offer.

I liberated some of these photos from The HiVE Vancouver Facebook page, apologies in advance if this is an issue.

Update

Nicole, the Queen Bee of the HiVE, sent me some more photos taken the day of the gala.  I’ve included a selection of images taken by Peter Holmes and Kam Leung. More of Kam’s photos can be found on Flickr.

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