Twin Cities Co-working Space Grows 18 Percent

CBRE Group sees room to grow for flexible office space market.

Twin Cities Co-working Space Grows 18 Percent
CommonGrounds opened new co-working space in Minneapolis earlier this summer. (Photo courtesy of CommonGrounds)

It’s not just your imagination: Local co-working space keeps expanding.

A new study from Los Angeles-based CBRE Group Inc. reports that the total amount of co-working space in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro grew by 17.7 percent from the second quarter of 2018 through the second quarter of 2019. CBRE’s report found approximately 1.1 million square feet of “flexible office space” in the Twin Cities at the end of the second quarter.

Co-working can now be found in dozens of metro locations, but 1.1 million square feet is equal to the size of 33 South Sixth Street, a 52-story office tower that ranks among the largest in downtown Minneapolis.

Flexible office space remains a small sliver of the overall market, accounting for just 1.6 percent of all multitenant office space in the Twin Cities. But CBRE notes that the U.S. average is 1.8 percent, “indicating that there is room for the sector to grow in Minneapolis.”

CBRE Group is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm and has a big presence in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market.

“Office space continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of organizations and their employees, who continue to redefine the environment in which they work,” said Jeff Jiovanazzo, managing director of CBRE’s Minneapolis business, in a statement. “There is no better example of this than the rise of flexible office space in Minneapolis, which has seen consistent growth year-over-year for almost a decade.”

Manhattan is currently the co-working capital with 15 million square feet of shared office space, which accounts for 3.6 percent of the office market there, according to CBRE’s research. CBRE is currently tracking 71 million square feet of office space in the 40 largest office markets in the U.S.

If you think those numbers are mind-boggling, hold on to your hat. CBRE’s “baseline forecast” estimates that by 2030, there will be 600 million square feet of shared office space in the U.S., which would then account for 13 percent of the office space market.

Current research from Cushman & Wakefield Minneapolis-St. Paul currently tallies 1.2 million square feet of co-working space locally, but that includes additions since the end of the second quarter.

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