DAVID MALONE, ASSOCIATE EDITOR
The new space has been dubbed ‘Tribe.’
McKenzie, a boutique design, build, and custom fabrication firm recently completed the renovation of the two-story, 3,700-sf New Providence Lodge building in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami.
The building, which once housed a Freemason chapter during the Jim Crow era, is now the Tribe Urban Innovation Lab and Cowork, a multi-use, co-working space with a maker lab, classrooms, and collaborative event and hangout spaces. The idea is for the new space to primarily serve local, African-American youth.
Many of the building’s original features were preserved, such as the original wood ceiling and steel beams. These restored historical elements add a visual contrast to the collaborative workspace’s clean and modern finishes.
Tribe comprises seven offices, several conference rooms, classrooms, a library, a common area, and a kitchen. Additionally, Tribe will house Code Fever and BlackTech Week, two nonprofit organizations that help build and diversify startup ecosystems and support African-American entrepreneurs.
Tribe is set to open at the end of January.