Inside Alloy 26 featuring an installation by local artist Ron Copeland. Photo by Archie Carpenter.

Nova Place on Pittsburgh’s North Side is now home to Alloy 26, Pittsburgh largest co-working space. Capable of accommodating more than 300 occupants, Alloy 26 was designed for entrepreneurs, startups, creators, makers, and organizations. By providing flexible office solutions, access to numerous amenities, and programming, Alloy 26 aspires to create opportunities for its members to collaborate on the next big thing.

The 50,000 square feet of open floor space flows as you progress through it. A tiered auditorium with room for 200 people is available for hosting events. Designed by Desmone Architects, the main work area of Alloy 26 celebrates the raw materials and inner workings of the existing space which has been vacant since 1997 when it was last occupied by Woolworths.

Alloy 26 is equipped with strategically placed conference rooms complete with the latest technology, comfortable meeting areas intermingled throughout, and private offices lining the side of the space. All are designed to not interfere with the city views. “We’ve pushed the distraction spaces to the perimeter,” says Jeremy Leventhal, managing partner at Faros Properties, the project’s developer.

A kitchen, and an on-site café managed by La Prima surround the collaborative workspace. burkeMICHAEL+ worked closely with Desmone to achieve the final design, choosing modern and functional office furniture. Radiant Hall, also a tenant at Nova Place, assisted Faros Properties with connections to locals artists. So far there are installations by Ron Copeland and Jonathan Chamberlain. The art is “filling it with life too,” says Chamberlain.

Different levels of membership are available, starting at just $75, all of which are month-to-month. This concept offers companies the ability to grow without the worry of being bound by a long-term lease. “This allows me to invest in my team instead of my overhead,” says David Malli, owner of Left Iris, which has been a tenant for two months. More than 20 companies have already signed on.

Maya Haptas has an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University and is a freelance writer covering various topics from architecture and urban design to wellness and skateboarding. She is currently the assistant editor of Bigfoot Skateboarding Magazine.