Coming to downtown: Co-working for the multimedia types

Husband and wife Tyler Woods and Christine Clevenstine. Photo by Burl Rolett.

Husband and wife Tyler Woods and Christine Clevenstine. Photo by Burl Rolett.

Multimedia workers of Denver, unite – at a new co-working space, naturally.

Husband and wife Tyler Woods and Christine Clevenstine are launching Intervoke Realms, a downtown shared office space. It’s a 4,000-square-foot space at 17th and Stout streets that also will house their own startup, Intervoke, which builds interactive software for medical training.

“We’re so excited because we have a product that’s really in demand right now,” she said. “Both of the things we’re doing are at a state where they’re becoming more popular, it’s in demand and evolving exponentially.”

To launch both Intervoke and Intervoke Realms, Woods and Clevenstine bought an office condo on the ninth floor of the Equitable Building at 730 17th St. City records show the duo, acting as MacBren Properties, LLC, paid $720,000 last summer.

Clevenstine said they’re investing $1.5 million into the co-working space with dedicated, sit-to-stand desks and semiprivate, walled-off office suites with two desks apiece. Desks will start at $400 per month and a desk in a private, executive suite will cost $550 per month, Woods said.

The space is targeting multimedia pros, including game developers, coders, medical illustrators and animators.

Clevenstine said their biggest draw will be computers used for rendering multimedia projects.

Woods and Clevenstine said rendering is burdensome for a small company. If independent contractors don’t have the hardware to do it alone, they can outsource rendering to online programs. But that comes with a cost and there’s often a line to use them.

“Here they won’t have to wait in a queue,” she said. “And the job might take just a day instead of a week.”

Intervoke Realms also will feature a virtual reality video game testing machine, plus standard amenities such as conference rooms, Internet access and community events.

They’re worked on the Intervoke Realms idea for more than a year now.

Intervoke looked all around the hot River North neighborhood, but liked the polished look, natural light and easy access to transit that came with their top-floor suite at the Equitable Building.

“The entrance to the building lends itself to the more professional clientele, especially in the medical field,” Woods said. “We’re downtown at a central location off of 16th Street and the light rail stops right outside of our building.”

Both have Colorado backgrounds. Clevenstine earned a communications degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Woods has a degree in 3D Animation from the Art Institute of Colorado. They’re the only workers at both Intervoke and Intervoke Realms.

Intervoke Realms is starting to market its space. Douglas Construction was the general contractor on the suite renovations. Alex Becker of Real Estate Consultants of Colorado represented Intervoke in its real estate acquisition.

Co-working and shared office suite facilities have flourished in Denver in recent years, and the concepts are getting more and more specific. At least two spots have opened catering specifically to the wedding industry. Even attorneys are getting into this niche.

Clevenstine and Woods hope tenants will be able to use Intervoke Realms as much as an office for finishing the current job as a hub for finding the next one. Woods said he wants to cast a wide net within the multimedia creation field, but isn’t in the business of leasing office space to every industry.

“We don’t want someone that’s totally out in left field and wouldn’t be able to collaborate properly,” he said.

Husband and wife Tyler Woods and Christine Clevenstine. Photo by Burl Rolett.

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