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Piloto 151 creates another specialized space in Santurce

By on November 12, 2019

Piloto 151 founders Sofia and Juan Carlos Stolberg (Courtesy)

Puerto Rico coworking pioneer’s 4th location opens in December 

SAN JUAN – After only one year since its most recent expansion, a third location in Puerto Rico’s financial district, Piloto 151, the island’s first and largest coworking operation, announced Tuesday the opening next month of its fourth location, another space in San Juan’s thriving Santurce district.

With its new location on Stop 18, Piloto 151 adds 15,000 square feet to its footprint, for a total of about 50,000 square feet of managed commercial real estate between its locations in Old San Juan, Milla de Oro (Golden Mile banking district in Hato Rey) and Santurce. The coworking network’s new space is in the centrally located San José Tower, where it will join its fellow entrepreneurship ecosystem player, startup accelerator Parallel18. 

For Sofia Stolberg, co-founder and CEO of Piloto 151, the key to success has “always been tied to continuous innovation” and community development. 

“We are constantly innovating at Piloto. Just as we did with our Suites concept, which opened two years ago and disrupted the coworking market at the time, we have now created a completely new and exciting concept that did not previously exist. We realized that there was a gap in the market for entrepreneurs and professionals who couldn’t work in open spaces due to the nature of their businesses, but who didn’t have the employees or revenue to justify a larger office. 

“This new space is designed with that entrepreneur in mind and features smaller offices—from one, two, three and a maximum of four people per office. At the same time, we also created plenty of open and green spaces to continue creating community-building opportunities, including a large outdoor terrace overlooking the iconic Museum of Contemporary Art, where we will host entrepreneurial events,” Stolberg said. 

The new space will offer all of the Piloto 151 memberships: Virtual Offices, which include permitting, mail management and handling via an app, as well as use of the space; Café memberships to work from open spaces; eight dedicated “Estación” desks; and 23 private offices. 

Among the amenities at the new location are award-winning Herman Miller chairs from MOS Collection, four lounge areas, a fully equipped conference room and a 5,000-square-foot outdoor terrace.

The facility is designed to take into account the importance of  keeping the space operational whether it rains or shines. To address any potential disruptions, it features redundant internet access that includes a dedicated fiber optic connection by Gigabit1 from Aeronet, a standby backup generator and a water storage tank.

Design, Stolberg said, has always been an “integral part” of the Piloto 151 experience. 

“This new location captures our accumulated industry, design and architectural experience. Piloto Parada 18 is the first space that is 100 percent designed by our new in-house architecture and design team. It incorporates urban elements and local art, while also creating a delicate balance between closed and open spaces, giving our members the high-quality and inspiring spatial and functional experience that is characteristic of all of our spaces,” Stolberg explained. 

Her brother, the other co-founder of Piloto 151, attorney Juan Carlos Stolberg, added that “with the launch of each new location, we create more value for Piloto members and for our community. We are constantly looking for new ways to make life easier for our members so that they, in turn, can focus on growing their businesses and contributing to the island’s economic development. In addition to increasing and improving our one-stop-shop business service offerings, now our members will have one more place where they can meet, host events and network with the startup and technology ecosystem in Puerto Rico.”

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