Konrad Group revives historic 460 King Street West and launches innovation, culture, and digital learning hub

TORONTO, July 14, 2015 /CNW/ - Today Konrad Group, a leading global digital and technology firm, announced the launch of a new innovation hub at the iconic corner of King and Spadina in downtown Toronto.  Construction has begun at this nearly 20,000 sq. ft. landmark location. The facility, first opened in 1875 as the Richardson House, is steeped in history, having welcomed patrons and guests over a period of 140 years, most recently as the Global Village Backpacker's hostel.

This hub, the first of its kind in Canada, will uniquely combine three concepts in the single heritage space. First, it will be the new home and headquarters for BrainStation, Konrad Group's digital and technology training arm, which offers courses, workshops, and training in web and mobile development, user experience, user interface design, and business. Through its presence in 460 King, BrainStation will continue to rapidly scale its programs in Toronto and globally.

This unveiling will also see the launch of BrainStation Spaces, a new shared office space throughout the facility for industry professionals and freelancers to work and be part of the King West community. Members will benefit from the highly creative and aspirational network, as well as nightly events and workshops delivered in conjunction with Canada's leading businesses and thought leaders. Features of the BrainStation Spaces offering will include: lockers & storage, a common area & kitchenette, work stations, high speed internet, event space, conference rooms, private phone booths, and a community manager. BrainStation Spaces is the place to create, dream, and grow.

Finally, 460 King will bring a unique, premium coffee experience to King West through Quantum Coffee, a cafe nestled in the heart of the building. Quantum will feature cutting-edge, 'retail of the future' technology for its customers, including the first app-enabled pour over machine in Canada and an innovative service model which will include mobile 'order ahead' payments, allowing guests to skip the line and pick up their order when it's ready to go. An emphasis will be placed on local, sustainable, and fresh ingredients and partners.

About 460 King, Geordie Konrad, Co-CEO of Konrad Group, says "The space will be an incredible place for creative and digital minds to connect. BrainStation is about helping people get involved with the digital world. We felt that the building needed to be designed as one cohesive hub -- that's why we are going to be launching Quantum Coffee on the main floor. We wanted a hospitality offering that fit with the culture and environment that we are building."

About Konrad Group - Konrad Group is a leading technology firm with deep capabilities in both the enterprise and consumer technology spaces. We provide strategy, design, development and application management services, with an emphasis on building compelling user experiences. Our Design-Driven Technology™ approach has delivered solutions in use by over 50 million people in 50 countries around the globe.  For more information, visit www.konradgroup.com.

About BrainStation:
BrainStation is a progressive educational organization that is powering the next generation of creators. BrainStation's part-time courses and workshops combine hands-on, project based learning with online content and an adaptive curriculum that is architected by industry professionals in business, design and technology. For more information, visit www.brainstation.io.

SOURCE Konrad Group

Image with caption: "The new and improved 460 King Street West. (CNW Group/Konrad Group)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150714_C8958_PHOTO_EN_440690.jpg

For further information: Media Contact: Jo Vos, Director, Marketing | Konrad Group, jvos@konradgroup.com, 647-963-2394


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