A former central Phoenix racquetball club is getting a second life as a coworking space, after an adaptive reuse effort updated the old building and created office suites inside.
“I like old buildings, I like the history of old buildings,” Quentin Abramo, founder of Faciliteq, the owner of the building, said. “I look at these older buildings and appreciate what the past has given us as a community.”
Faciliteq and its sister companies, BWIQ and Cooperate Coworking, worked to redevelop the former racquetball club property, called Five55 Melrose, at 555 W. Turney Ave. The project is the firm’s third in the Phoenix area, including The Walter at 16th Street and Osborn Road and a Tempe location near Rural Road and Hermosa Drive.
The company closed on the Melrose building about 16 months ago, and the construction took about nine months, mostly during the Covid-19 pandemic, he said. The project features 16 private offices, and movable walls to allow different configurations. It features underfloor air distribution and improved circulation. The building is owned and operated by Abramo's Cooperate Coworking, and companies can lease in the building for short or long-term periods.