Why OutDo Work?
OutDo Work Located in Historic
Downtown Buffalo, Minnesota
In 2019 as remote workers newly relocated to Buffalo, Minnesota from Boston, Amanda and Stephen felt the struggle with blurred work/home boundaries, spotty Wifi, loneliness, major road construction (yes, seriously!), along with the standard basement office fatigue.
Amanda created OutDo Work to help fill what she saw as the areas need for a flexible, inclusive, community-building work space located in historic downtown Buffalo, Minnesota. And she had already created a detailed business plan, a remnant of a business dream she had in Boston (to say good bye to exclusive feeling co-working spaces) unrealized at the time due to high property prices.
Thanks to the accessible commercial property prices, Stephen found the perfect historic 1905 commercial building in Downtown Buffalo, built in 1905 (bonus: it came with a century of great family and business history!). The couple decided to pair up with Stephen as a local real estate for good developer and Amanda as the green building expert / OutDo Work founder.
Currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Sustainability from Arizona State University's School of Global Futures, as well as holding LEED AP credentialing from the U.S. Green Building Council, Amanda employs her knowledge of regenerative development and inclusivity to the OutDo Work building and community. This was a major career pivot after a successful career in marketing consulting for brands like Conde Nast, Petsmart and more.
This pairing allowed them to create a business with purpose, and focus on sustainable development and accessibility, not just personal profits that drive many developers. Did we mention Stephen is super handy and did a lot of the building upgrade work, AND built the built the beautiful black walnut tables by hand?
The prevailing idea for OutDo Work? ‘Do More Here,’ so you have more time to ‘Be More There,’ whether that be with family and friends, creative pursuits or just making your favorite dish at home! We are over a year into business and happy to claim a women-owned, family-operated business!
Proven productivity hacks, optimal indoor health practices, and energy saving retrofits that respect our historical 1905 building, have been used to create a better office and meeting experience along with a 'Sense of Place'.
What does that look like?
Easy online scheduling, payments and rescheduling (life comes up!)
Air filtration system (MERV 13) at the top end for indoor health for commercial buildings
Individual room HEPA-grade filters
Low to 0 VOC emitting furnishing materials
0 Formaldehyde products
Weekly cleaning with green seal products
Upcycled, locally sourced décor
Paint colors that mimic those found in nature
A plethora of plants and lots of natural light
Recycling, focus on zero-waste facility, (and soon-to-be compost)!
Future potential projects: community garden, rainwater garden
Applying for historical building grants to return the building to it's original design + reinstate more windows
Combined, these result in a sense of place that offers easier breathing, lowered blood pressure, improved mental health and less sick days!
Also, over 50% of our space is community space, allowing for professional connection. Let’s not forget the added benefit of the absence of household members walking in your zoom background inappropriately dressed (we see you WFH’ers!).
Plus, our flexible office, desk and meeting space options that allow you to pay for only the time you use, increasing accessibility for many.
This all translates to an environment that makes people feel GOOD! And we think has helped encourage a 90% retention rate since opening in August, 2020.
Needless to say we’re still learning, growing, and improving with the help of the regular tenant feedback and daily onsite presence. In that way the building is living and taking the shape that the OutDo Work community ultimately wants to create, so they should take most of the credit.