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Catapult Pittsburgh co-working community now open in Garfield

Pittsburgh’s newest co-working community, Catapult Pittsburgh, has opened in a permanent location on Penn Avenue.

Catapult was launched last October in a temporary, trial location by Elliot Williams and Kevin Boyle.  Recipients of a Sprout Fund grant, the partners were given just one month to experiment with a co-working space that operated on a flex-time pay scale, and featured a gourmet coffee bar that was open to the public.

Williams says the purpose of the Sprout Fund grant was to turn an idea into reality, with enough capital to cover start-up costs.  The trial generated sufficient community interested, and the Catapult idea was able to take-off thanks to that support.

Their original goal was to find eight to ten professionals with an interest to share a workspace.  They have accomplished that, and Catapult is now home to graphic designers, artists, a visual note-taker, and a fiction writer, among other freelancers.  The space is currently full, but will be adding three additional work areas in the coming weeks.

According to Williams, the point of Catapult is to allow those who would otherwise work from home an opportunity to interact with others.  Unlike other co-working spaces in the city, he says Catapult is geared specifically for designers, developers, and other freelancers.

The new space, at 1,800 square-feet, is double the size of their temporary digs, and features an open floor-plan with no cubicles separating desks.  Williams says the openness is integral to Catapult’s co-working philosophy.

“If I wanted walls I could work at home,” he says.  “We’re never going to have walls.”

Rent is $150 a month, which gives the worker a key, a desk, and access to all of the office’s amenities: a conference room, white boards, printer, WiFi, a small kitchen, and of course the shop’s signature siphon-brewed coffee.

Boyle is still hoping to bring the public coffee bar to Catapult, with a pilot model expected to open in May.

Catapult Pittsburgh, 5139 Penn Avenue, Garfield.  412-979-1774.

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Elliott Williams
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