If we have less than 8000 sqft we probably cant support an employee unless we get a grant.
Take 25-35% of your floor area and devote it to to-code fire lanes.
Seated people need a minimum of 15-40 square feet per person.
Spaces all over the world have found that quiet, noise-isolated classroom areas are invaluable if youre offering educational programs, and require about 20-50 square feet per seated person.
Good tool to plan your shop space: http://www.grizzly.com/workshopplanner
Studios: 50 square feet is the minimum size of a studio, and offer up to 250 square feet
A word of caution, though dont skimp on your building choice in order to pay a lower rent. Fixing broken buildings costs much, much more, over time, than renting good ones, to the point of shutting down maker-spaces that dont acknowledge this fact. Redoing the roof of an industrial space (which usually happens once every 10-20 years) can cost upwards of $5-10 per square foot; installing a sprinkler system because the fire marshal caught you woodworking without sprinklers and threatened you with closure costs $10-15 per square foot; and repairing or replacing a broken or ineffective air conditioner with a new industrial-grade air conditioner can easily run $5,000 to $15,000 just to name a few common building-scale maintenance expenses.
Typical membership rates vary anywhere from $40 per month for a starving hacker membership at Noisebridge, to $175 per month at TechShop.
Treat your Hackerspace like a business, but it should not feel like a business to the members. Members want to just drop in, hack, teach, and learn. The administrators should strive to make this as easy as possible.
Eugene per-capita income: $23,869 $42,923 or is it $37,339?
Here is a wealth of information.
-- ClifCox - 20 Oct 2013