(apologies ahead of time for the length of the reply!)
6328’s workshop is in an industrial office space with offices, a conference room, a lab, and open workshop. It’s the R&D space for a former beverages company that is now owned by a bottling plant (Patriot Beverages). Patriot had no use for the building and it was sitting empty for 10+ years, so we were lucky enough to broker a deal with them that allows the team exclusive use of this building.
That said, it is a completely separate building (on the other side of the parking lot) from any other of the bottling plant spaces so there aren’t concerns about students/mentors in their working space. The non-profit behind 6328 carries liability insurance that covers us in that building and there is no equipment there other than what we provide.
Patriot provides the space, and covers electricity, propane for a furnace, wifi access, snow removal, pest control, and exterior building maintenance (they had to patch a couple of leaky spots in the roof). The building is also part of their regular plant security. Three of our mentors have keys to the building and we have permission for access anytime though they like that we mostly access the space (pre-COVID) outside of their normal business hours. Patriot, of course, also has access to the building at any time. They provided an extra 220V drop (maybe 2?) in the machine shop for us when we first moved in but we try to be super careful and thoughtful about our asks from them for things like that. Patriot did have a couple unexpected expenses when we first moved in but those were related to the building sitting unused for a decade (for example, the sewer pipe that was clogged with mop heads that no one knew about until the restroom was being used regularly again!).
Our team is responsible for interior cleaning and maintenance, including the bathrooms, and providing supplies like trash bags, paper towels, and toilet paper.
In exchange, Patriot can write off the donation of the space/utilities and has a deal with our town’s Selectboard that allows them to support local community organizations (which we definitely are) in lieu of some of the tax payments to the town.
6328 is incredibly fortunate to have a sponsor like Patriot and we work hard to maintain our relationship with them. I don’t know if that answers your questions, but I’m happy to discuss further or provide other specifics. Feel free to reach out!