So far, the co-working operation takes up a full floor in the building, but Engage says it hopes to expand to additional floors of the iconic gold Campbell Centre II tower.
“Independent attorneys and small law firms represent nearly half the legal industry,” Engage CEO Chelsea Green said. “With continuing market changes and technology advances, that looks to accelerate over the next several years.
“With Engage, we have created an office environment that has the familiarity of a traditional law office but with the greater independence, flexibility and efficiency of an executive suite or co-working space.”
Green and partners Jim Chester and Darin Klemchuk opened the co-working center Jan. 1. Chester and Klemchuk are both partners in the Dallas law firm Klemchuk LLP.
The owners are planning to upgrade this spring with a new coffee bar and more collaborative space.
“Attorneys are a perfect fit for the Engage office space model,” said Chester. “Law practice is collaborative by nature, and attorneys benefit from networking with other lawyers to share referrals and resources.”
Stephen Holley of Holley + Co. Real Estate negotiated the office lease for the co-working center with Barbara Houlihan of Peloton Commercial Real Estate.
Shared office providers now occupy more than 1.5 million square feet of building space in North Texas. Co-working firms are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the office industry.