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February 7, 2012
ADX – Portland OR
How they describe themselves: “Equal parts workspace and incubator, our membership-based community unites multiple creative disciplines within a 10,000 square-foot facility that is accessible, collaborative & affordable.”
Opened: May 2011
Size of space: 10,000 sqf (they have their own building)
Number of Members: 150
Structure: For profit
Basic membership is $25/month if paid yearly, otherwise it’s $40/month. A basic membership gets you free access to all events and exhibits, discounted rate for the workshops and equipment, and free access to “bring your own tools” workbenches and production space, plus some other perks.
A shop pass is $150 month (and includes basic membership), $40 daily or $10 an hour. A shop pass gets you unlimited access to the wood and metal shops and other production areas.
There are additional charges/fees for the laser cutter, CNC router and some other equipment. Some of them are substantial.
There are also students rates and some discount bundles.
ADX also has a shared “co-working” space they call the “Gang of Ten”. It consists of handpicked professionals who are chosen for their expertise and interest in collaborating with one another. They pay $350/month for a desk and unlimited access to the ADX facility.
ADX offers classes in metal shop, wood shop, bike repair and textiles. Sign up and payment is done through Eventbrite. Classes seem to be a bit more expensive than other maker and hacker spaces. Visit this page to find a list of classes and their prices.
Management / Employees (4 total)
Kelley Roy (LinkedIn) – Owner and director of ADX
Seamus Holley is their shop master.” From his bio: “You think you have made some cool stuff? Chances are that Seamus has made the same thing twice as big, 10 times as cool, and he did it before you were born.”
- ADX can’t be described as an “awkward boys club.” Its owner is a woman and half its management team and about a third of its membership are women. The ages of their management team and membership seems to be well distributed from 20-somethings to 50+
- In addition to providing tools and work space ADX provides professional in house design and production services (which you have to pay extra for).
- ADX rents out up to 1550 sq ft or their entire building for events. “ADX isn’t your average space to host events. Here at ADX we transformed a vacant loading bay into a vibrant flex space lovingly referred to as the Bay Area Gallery. The Bay Area is a perfect place for community events, workshops, showcasing work, design charrettes, pop-up shop, vendor fair, private gatherings, dinner parties and more.” See also: Airbnb (has many photos of facility).
- They get great reviews and blog posts about their facility and staff (see link section).
- Their facility is neat, well equipped and aesthetically appealing.
- The “mayor” of ADX is Charles Roy, a yellow lab.
Ashdandy – blog post about ADX with photos
Eventbrite – List of classes they offer (and prices)
“Neighborhood Notes” – Written just before they opened. Explains ADX’s goals and the “Gang of Ten:
Vimeo (9 videos)
Yelp (3 reviews)
May 8, 2012
Wow that’s pretty impressive! But I think their cost of membership would be a little out of my price range. I’d like to look into their student discount rates though, as that is an interesting concept.
Another thing I really like is the in-house production and design. That could be an avenue for possible revenue from members, but other customers in the community.
I would assume their price is due to their low membership? Very nice work though Rob.
February 7, 2012
Yes. Their membership rates are at least twice what seems to be typical at other maker spaces and it’s probably because they’re a for-profit business.
I also don’t like that you have to pay to have something made on their CNC router, laser cutter and 3D printers. Other spaces don’t have a problem letting their (properly-trained) members use equipment like that and I don’t think we should either.
I do really like that they seem to have a lot of artwork and cool stuff/projects on display. I think we should try and do something like that also.
And I agree, if we have any extra space then we should consider renting it out for events. We also might want to consider renting it out as shared office or “co-working” space.
BTW, it looks like from the pictures that at least some of their members have their own spaces. But I didn’t see anything on the web site describing that.
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