Opened on August 31, 2020, HANSA workspace is a homegrown professional flexible office space and modern coworking center in Buffalo. Restored from the former Frey The Wheelman warehouse once used to store truck parts, today HANSA workspace stands as a beautiful 32,000 square foot, two-story glass and brick building at 505 Ellicott Street in the Central Business District.
HANSA (pronounced hähn-sä), is Latin for guild, meaning people uniting for a common purpose, and was inspired by the vision to build “An Elevated Office Experience” focused on flexibility and productivity.
HANSA offers daily, monthly and annual options for private offices, private team suites, coworking desks, plus meeting rooms and event space, all in a collaborative and supportive community of professionals who make productivity, creativity, learning and networking part of their work-life integration.
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Industry Awards And Recognitions
Best New Coworking, Flexible Office & Event Space (2022)
HANSA has been recognized as the Best New Coworking, Flexible Office & Event Space by the NAIOP Upstate New York Chapter’s 2022 Commercial Real Estate Awards. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is an organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail, and mixed-use real estate in North America. Read More
Brick By Brick Award (2021)
Each year, Buffalo Business First’s Brick by Brick award ceremony celebrates the construction, development and real estate projects that stood above the rest in Western New York. On July 29th, 2021 HANSA workspace took home top honors in the Downtown Buffalo Building Renovations category! Read More
Universal Design (2021)
HANSA workspace is the first coworking and shared office center in North America to be isUD Certified (innovative solution for Universal Design). The isUD designation is a standard for ensuring inclusivity and focuses on spaces that eliminate barriers while elevating users’ experience by improving performance, health and wellness, and social participation. Read More
Adaptive Reuse Project of the Year (2021)
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Buffalo (BOMA), has recognized HANSA as the adaptive reuse project of the year. Originally the site of an industrial warehouse built in 1973, HANSA was transformed into a two-story, 32,000 SF hub of coworking and shared office space, event and meeting facilities, retail, and residential activity at 505 Ellicott Street in Buffalo’s Central Business District.
Before & After:
How HANSA Transformed An Old Warehouse Into A Flexible Office And Coworking Center
Meet The HANSA Team
Erin Wilson-Fontenot, Community Manager
Erin got her start in the coworking world six years ago when she co-founded and managed a space outside the French Quarter in New Orleans, after years spent in the hospitality industry working in National Parks throughout the west coast. Erin is passionate about creating personal experiences in a professional environment. She’s originally from WNY and has returned after 15 years to be closer to family. Erin likes to spend her free time camping and cooking dinner with friends.
Kellena Kane, President and Co-Founder
Kellena has been in the real estate development industry for nearly 15 years. A proud WNY native, she excels at bringing national real estate concepts to our home turf and is excited to deliver our region’s first coworking and flexible office service. She enjoys connecting people and strategic planning. When she’s not geeking out on Excel, Kellena is exploring Buffalo with her husband and four children.
Carl Montante Jr., Co-Founder
Carl Jr. has grown up in the real estate business as the son of Uniland’s founder, Carl Montante. He started as a teenager getting his hands dirty installing landscaping for their new buildings. He now revels in paying attention to industry trends and ensuring Uniland stays ahead of the curve. Carl likes to unwind by mountain biking and playing tennis in the warm weather, and snowboarding when the snow flies.