City of Akron
BOUNCE Innovation Hub
The new, 27,000-square-foot ‘generator’ space on the first floor of the Bounce Innovation Hub welcomes tenants, guests, and visitors with a space to work, meet with clients, create or start a business. Located in the former B.F. Goodrich factory building, the design concept played into the industrial setting and captured the spirit of Akron’s past and present.
A total of 79 local artists hand made the colorful and playful environment. Murals, artwork, furniture, poetry, and stained-glass pieces displayed throughout the first floor were orchestrated by Hazel Tree Interiors.
A front desk designed by a local artist draws visitors back into the open and functional co-working spaces encouraging collaboration between its users. New windows allow natural light to pour into the cafe and collaborative spaces.
The design features a variety of conferencing spaces for any meeting type, including a large event space. These conference and event spaces are available for rent by free-lancers, small businesses, corporate teams, entrepreneurs and artists.
Individual phone booths provide a private setting for important or personal phone calls. A makerspace, called ‘The Workshop’, is located at the south end of the building and provides tenants and users access to 3D printers, CNC and laser cutting machines, sewing, painting, and photography equipment. An esports computer lab, operated in conjunction with Bounce tenant New Territory and the University of Akron, features high-powered computers able to handle the intense graphics of e-gaming sports.
City of Akron
27,000 Square Feet
2019 AIA Akron Design Awards – Merit Award
Key Team Members
- Amber Duco
- Dennis Check
- Chitra Matthai
- Eric Beach
- Ben Grow