Office space for rent, by the hour, catches on in North Bay

  • Michael Chaput, joined by his son, Will, 7, works in his office at Regus business center in Petaluma, California on Thursday, August 1, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Vincent Crivello travels the West Coast on business as much as three weeks each month, so he doesn't spend a lot of time in one office.

But Crivello, a vice president for a company that provides portfolio management and other services to independent financial advisors, wants professional places to work when he returns home to Novato or while making shorter trips around Northern California. And he's found a solution in the North Bay.

When needing space where he can work or call clients, "I don't want to do it at a Starbucks or a Panera," said Crivello, a regional director for San Jose-based Loring Ward.

Instead, he works in a temporary office created by Regus, an international company with 1,500 business centers worldwide.

Headquartered in Luxembourg, Regus offers rental options ranging from the use of a work lounge for a few hours to a permanent, furnished office with reception services and conference rooms.

Crivello uses Regus' temporary offices in Petaluma and San Rafael about five days a month. He also has worked in temporary spaces at about 10 Regus offices around Northern California. The company advertises more than 50 in the state, including 16 in the Bay Area.

In an era of cloud-based storage and high-speed networks, Crivello said he has less need for a permanent filing cabinet and more for a spot allowing quiet, reliable video conferencing.

For the cost, he said, "you're not going to get as professional an office space as this."

Attorney Michael Chaput and his partner, David Bush, each lease fully furnished offices from Regus in Petaluma.

The Class-A caliber of the office space, with its spacious conference room, "reflects well on our business," said Chaput. He also appreciates having phone receptionists and other support staff at the business center.

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