Tribe CoWorking and Urban Innovation Lab Overtown
McKENZIE transformed the historical New Providence Lodge building located in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami into Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork, a multi-use, co-working space featuring a maker lab, classrooms, and collaborative event and hangout spaces.
The historical building, which once housed a Freemason chapter during the Jim Crow era, is owned by real estate giant Michael Simkins, who partnered with Tribe to win a City of Miami CRA grant to commission McKENZIE to design and build-out the space.
Allapattah-based McKENZIE managed the design and construction of the adaptive reuse project transforming the two-story, 3,700 square-foot venue into a modern, open-design concept that’s both light and airy, and promotes creativity and idea sharing. McKENZIE preserved many of the original design elements in honor of the building’s history. The original wood ceiling and steel beams were purposely left exposed to provide visual contrast to the collaborative workspace’s more clean and modern finishes.
Owned by Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson, both successful entrepreneurs working to provide opportunities for African Americans to thrive in the tech industry, Tribe is an innovation hub focused on serving local African American youth along with the greater South Florida entrepreneur community.
Located at 937 NW 3rd Avenue, Tribe features design elements that are in tune with the evolving workplace and the needs of today’s entrepreneurial workforce. The space boasts seven offices, several conference rooms, classrooms, a library, common area, and a kitchen built by McKENZIE’s Craft division.
In addition to office space, Tribe will house Code Fever and BlackTech Week, two nonprofit organizations founded by Hatcher and Pearson that help build and diversify startup ecosystems and support African American entrepreneurs, as well as several black-owned businesses.