[KwartzLab] The ideal Kwartzlab
punkin at mag3.14159.ca
Wed Apr 11 22:42:16 EDT 2012
I like being downtown, Kitchener or Waterloo. The closer to my house the better =P Jesting aside, good access to public transit is important, as is parking.
I would be loath to give up being on street level, or having a loading dock. A garage door would be way cool. Natural light isn't as important as I thought it would be, but I do enjoy being able to look *into* the lab from the street.
The en suite bathroom is VERY nice, but I would give it up if the building provided clean public washrooms. I wouldn't want to give up all plumbing in the unit, however. Having a sink is incredibly useful. I would LOVE to have a proper kitchen, featuring running hot water, a stove/oven, and actual counter space to work at. That's really the top of my wish list. If we had the facilities, I'd do bread baking workshops.
On 2012-04-11, at 10:07 PM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> I wanna get a discussion going.
> Recognizing that the Boehmer Box might not be our home forever, we
> (that being the board, mostly) have started to talk to other groups
> and organizations about what opportunities might be out there for a
> long-term home.
> **DISCLAIMER**: We've not moving unless we have to, or unless
> something really awesome comes up. We're just investigating options.
> Any decision to move, or any other similar big changes will be made at
> a general meeting of the members. I'm not posting this to panic
> anybody. Frankly, there's nothing to panic about. We're just
> acknowledging that our neighbourhood is changing and our lovely $5/sq
> ft rent may well start going up sometime in the medium term.
> But that's not what I wanted to start a discussion about.
> What would an ideal Kwartzlab look like to you?
> More square feet? Semi-private or rentable work space? Fewer square
> feet for easier maintenance?
> If we had to change locations, where would you want to go? Should we
> fight to stay in the downtown? How about Waterloo or Cambridge?
> Access to transit or the expressway?
> Amenities? Washrooms, showers, kitchen stuff? An loungier lounge?
> More woodshop stuff? More fablab stuff? More coworking stuff?
> An autoshop? Heavy machinery? Greasy, messy stuff? Garage door access?
> Or maybe a more welcoming store front sort of location?
> Sketch it out for me.
> For non-members, what kind of Kwartzlab would you be willing to pony
> up membership fees for? Are we missing facilities, tools, etc. that
> would convince you to join?
> This is brainstorming. There are no bad ideas. :D
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