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Mobile power, better coffee on tap for Medical Campus co-working space

Lockers, better coffee and mobile power packs to charge laptops and phones.

A growing list of improved amenities are making their way into the high-demand dig co-working space on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus for early-stage companies.

The nonprofit Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc., which oversees the Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center, where dig is located, has changed things up recently – most notably offering mobile power packs for its budding entrepreneur tenants to charge laptops and phones without having to plug into a stationary wall or floor outlet.

"Instead of being glued to a wall, you can pick up a pack and go sit wherever you want and you can charge up a computer, a couple of phones and share it with a table," said Sean Heidinger, curator of events and dig Buffalo. "We charge them overnight. We just ordered six more because they are so popular."

A total of 12 are now at dig, a "design innovation garage" located in a renovated loading dock from the former Trico Products Corp. building on Ellicott Street.

Lockers available for daily short-term use by dig tenants also are available. The six lockers are part of a pilot program, answering another request by start-up companies.

Along with the energy improvements, came upgraded coffee, plus a move underway to transition to a "compost-friendly, eco-friendly recycling model" in the next six to eight weeks.

"As soon as we started hearing what we could do to make simple, quick improvements for the quality of life in dig, we did," Heidinger said.

A triple-filtered water cooler serving hot and cold water has been added to replace a large beverage cooler. Tenants fill their own beverage containers at the water dispenser. BNMC staff did away with providing bottled water each week. Heidinger said the water bottles were not being properly recycled.

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