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Innovation has its place

Whether scheduled or spontaneous, Quorum has always been a place to meet and make. We know that these last few months have been challenging for businesses and community members who depend on our facilities, resources and face-to-face interactions.

 

As we prepare to open our doors to the public again, we understand the responsibility of creating an environment that’s equally representative of everyone’s new comfort level. Expectations may have changed in regards to how we experience events and public gatherings, but our attention to detail has never been more essential to our operations. 

 

Over the next several weeks, we will be piloting new technology and tools to reinforce the safety and security of Quorum. 

 

Overview

 

Quorum is the place to thrive off connections. Drop in and get some work done, participate in a signature program to network with industry experts, or host your own event to bring people - and ideas - together. No matter how you choose to use Quorum, we’ve got flexible space, state-of-the-art technology, and a community that’s buzzing with fellow entrepreneurs, ideas, and advice. When you plug in to Quorum, you’re making connections that lead to innovation.

 

Plug in to Quorum in three ways: our Drop-In Lounge, Signature Programs and Event Space.

At 12,000 square feet, Quorum at 3675 Market Street spreads over two floors. Our Quorum space features expanded drop-in space, breakout rooms, soft seating pods, and meeting facilities with capacity to host conferences and events for up to 300 people.

 

Street-level access and a lobby café make Quorum more accessible and welcoming to the innovation community.

 

The space enables the Science Center to expand its programmatic offerings to the entrepreneurial community, attract more national conferences and companies to Philadelphia, and foster new connections for innovation.

Whether scheduled or spontaneous, Quorum has always been a place to meet and make. We know that these last few months have been challenging for businesses and community members who depend on our facilities, resources and face-to-face interactions. 

  

As we prepare to open our doors to the public again, we understand the responsibility of creating an environment that’s equally representative of everyone’s new comfort level. Expectations may have changed regarding how we experience events and public gatherings, but our attention to detail has never been more essential to our operations.  

  

We will be piloting new technology, tools and protocols to reinforce the safety and security of everyone visiting Quorum.  

 

Quorum DROP-IN Lounge

Starting September 8th, the Lounge will be open to the public Monday-Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm. Please check  here or our Facebook and Twitter accounts (@Quorum_SC) for updates to the schedule.

 

Plug in to Quorum’s free, informal drop-in space. The Quorum Lounge offers soft seating for casual conversation and work stations with plug-and-play LCD screens. Quorum is equipped with free wifi, writable walls and comfortable seating. 

 

Use of the Quorum drop-in Lounge is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

Our pledge to you

Cleaning, Sanitization, Good Health Practices 

  • Frequently touched areas will be sanitized throughout the day - handrails, door handles, and kitchen area. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located in the main lobby and both floors of Quorum.    
  • Door pulls have been placed on the public restroom doors for hands-free access. 
  • We will keep a guest log of anyone in our spaces for contact-tracing purposes.  
  • Cleaning wipes will be available to wipe down used tables/chairs in the Lounge and after events/meetings room are used in the Quorum event space. 
  • Quorum doors on Market Street will remain locked, all people entering and leaving will use the main lobby doors.
  • There will be designated entrance and exit points in the Lounge.
  • Seating areas will be clearly marked to practice safe distancing requirements of 6 feet or more. Always keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
  • Food will not be allowed in the Quorum Lounge at this time. You may have water or coffee but will need to keep your face mask on between sips/drinks.
  • All visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times.

 

Your Health

  • If you feel unwell or have the following symptoms, please leave the building and contact your health care provider. Please DO NOT ENTER if you have: 
    • Fever 
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath 
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have knowingly come into close contact with someone who has, we ask you to not come to the space for 14 days or until you test negative  
  • If you traveled to any states the Pennsylvania Department of Health has identified having a high number of COVID-19 cases you must quarantine for 14 days upon return to PA before you may visit Quorum. 

Quorum Lounge Availability

The Quorum Lounge is re-opening with modified hours. You can now stop by Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We require that all visitors wear a mask and sign-in when entering the space. Please check here or our social media, @Quorum_SC, for any other updates. We look forward to seeing you!

Mon.   10/26

 

Tues.   10/27

 

Weds. 

 

Thurs.

 

Fri.       10/30

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

CLOSED
 

CLOSED

 

CLOSED

Community Guidelines & Code of Conduct
 

The Quorum Drop-in Lounge is a place to meet, work, and connect. This community asset is free and open to the public.

 

We want to make the lounge a comfortable and safe place for all who pass through our doors.  Quorum’s Community Guidelines & Code of Conduct is our expectation for guests and partners to follow.  Should any community member make you uncomfortable or fail to comply with guidelines & Code of Conduct, please alert Quorum staff immediately using the contact information below.

 

To enable productive conversations and to serve as a community gathering place, we reserve the right to dis-invite and remove any individual that Quorum management feels, in their sole judgement, detracts from achieving its mission or infringes on our Community Guidelines & Code of Conduct.  Any acts of discrimination, harassment or other failures to comply may result in the immediate expulsion and banning from Quorum.

 

Together we can create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and respected—whether that’s sharing our ideas with a group or simply working quietly alone. Every member of this community should be able to enter and leave this space with peace of mind.

Respect Personal Space

 

While this is a public space, not everyone is here to engage in conversation. We ask that you do your best to recognize when others would prefer not to interact, and if anyone directly states they don’t wish to converse, please honor that.

 

Be Mindful of Noise Levels

Conversation is welcome but should be kept to a moderate level. Think of the space like an intimate gathering—you don’t need to whisper, but excessive noise is disruptive. If you are listening to music or watching a video, please use headphones.

 

Refrain From Hard Selling

It’s okay to say what you do, but don’t sell.  Initiate and cultivate meaningful connections rather than pitching your product or service.  If it feels like selling, it probably is.

 

Make Yourself Comfortable but Keep Things Tidy

  • Prepared outside food and drink are permitted but should be kept to a reasonable amount.  No external cooking devices are permitted
  • Always try to leave the space as clean as how you found it. Please dispose of any trash and be careful not leave any crumbs or mess behind. If a problem does occur please let the Quorum Concierge know. 
  • One seat per person. Please do not lay on the couches. Dirty shoes and couch cushions don’t mix well and sprawling out takes up space where others can sit.
  • No sleeping, please.
  • Harassment-Free Zone

 

We are dedicated to ensuring a harassment-free and welcoming experience for everyone. Regardless of, but not limited to gender identity or gender expression, sex or sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, color, national origin, age, military service, or religion, we do not tolerate harassment in any form. 

 

The following are examples of inappropriate conduct (note that this is not a comprehensive list and any reports of harassment outside of this list will be taken seriously):

 

  • Personal insults, violent and threatening behavior or language, or discriminatory language or jokes directed against another person or group of people will not be tolerated.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material
  • Inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention.  This includes, sexualized comments or jokes, inappropriate touching, groping and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following (online or in person).
  • Making other guests or participants fee uncomfortable, threatened, or otherwise unwelcome in the space.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

 

Reporting a Violation of the Community Guidelines & Code of Conduct

 

While attending a meeting or event at Quorum we recommend that you first contact your event organizer.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing so, please see Quorum staff or contact us at quorum@sciencecenter.org.

 

Additional Local Resources:

Philadelphia Police, emergency: 911

Philadelphia Police, non-emergency: 311

Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center: 215-425-1625 

Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-866-723-4014

Suicide Hotline:  215-686-4420

Start your recovery

24-Hour Homeless Outreach Hotline: 215-232-1984

Signature Programs

 

We’re committed to facilitating a thriving entrepreneurial community in Greater Philadelphia. Quorum offers free programs designed to connect entrepreneurs to the investors, resources and advice needed to launch and scale a successful business.

 

Want access to even more programming? Check out our Venture Café Thursday Gatherings every Thursday. Venture Café from 3-8 p.m.!  

Lunchtime Lessons

Our new series of virtual programming created to keep our community engaged while we operate outside of the physical Quorum space. We will cover an array of topics and activities designed to educate and engage in an activity to help break up your day.

Watch Lunchtime Lessons

Coffee & Capital

This monthly program convenes a small group of entrepreneurs with an investor for an informal Q&A session over coffee and a light breakfast.

Smart Talk

This quarterly program gives startups and growing companies a look at best practices and business strategies via panel discussions and presentations by seasoned entrepreneurs and funders.

Whether scheduled or spontaneous, Quorum has always been a place to meet and make. We know that these last few months have been challenging for businesses and community members who depend on our facilities, resources and face-to-face interactions. 

  

As we prepare to open our doors to the public again, we understand the responsibility of creating an environment that’s equally representative of everyone’s new comfort level. Expectations may have changed regarding how we experience events and public gatherings, but our attention to detail has never been more essential to our operations.  

  

We will be piloting new technology, tools and protocols to reinforce the safety and security of everyone visiting Quorum.  

Our Pledge to you

Cleaning, Sanitization, Good Health Practices 

  • Frequently touched areas will be sanitized throughout the day - handrails, door handles, and kitchen area. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located in the main lobby and both floors of Quorum.    
  • Door pulls have been placed on the public restroom doors for hands-free access. 
  • We will keep a guest log of anyone in our spaces for contact-tracing purposes.  
  • Cleaning wipes will be available to wipe down used tables/chairs in the Lounge and after events/meetings room are used in the Quorum event space. 
  • Quorum doors on Market Street will remain locked, all people entering and leaving will use the main lobby doors.
  • There will be designated entrance and exit points in the Lounge.
  • Seating areas will be clearly marked to practice safe distancing requirements of 6 feet or more. Always keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
  • Food will not be allowed in the Quorum Lounge at this time. You may have water or coffee but will need to keep your face mask on between sips/drinks.
  • All visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times.

 

Your Health

  • If you feel unwell or have the following symptoms, please leave the building and contact your health care provider. Please DO NOT ENTER if you have: 
    • Fever 
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath 
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have knowingly come into close contact with someone who has, we ask you to not come to the space for 14 days or until you test negative  
  • If you traveled to any states the Pennsylvania Department of Health has identified having a high number of COVID-19 cases you must quarantine for 14 days upon return to PA before you may visit Quorum. 

 

Quorum Event Space 

  • Room set up for meeting and events will follow social distancing guidelines requirements of 6 feet or more 

  • Designated entrance and exit points for meeting spaces 

  • Quorum staff will help direct people on where to enter/exit rooms, where to sit in the room 

  • Quorum staff will work with meeting planners on staggered breaks, meal times to avoid people being in the same area at the same time 

  • To reduce in-person meetings, Quorum can provide video-conferencing hosting for people that want to have meetings virtually or if they want speakers in same room and broadcast to attendees 

  • We will work with caterers to provide food and beverages in the safest way to guests 

  • All people in the space will be required to wear a mask 

  • Bring your own water bottle to fill it up with our touch-less filing station located near the restrooms 

 

Staff Protocols 

  • All staff will wash their hands upon arriving on site 

  • All staff will wash their hands each hour 

  • All staff will wear masks and practice social distancing guidelines 

  • Staff desks will have 6 foot areas marked around them to ensure proper social distancing guidelines are met 

 

Quorum’s flexible space allows for us to be creative for your meetings and small events, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss ways to design successful meetings and events.  

  

We will continue to monitor the situation and update our processes based on guidelines set forth from the CDC, Federal, State and City. 

 

Submit event space request

As we prepare to open our doors to the public again, we understand the responsibility of creating an environment that’s equally representative of everyone’s new comfort level. Expectations may have changed in regards to how we experience events and public gatherings, but our attention to detail has never been more essential to our operations. 

 

Over the next several weeks, we will be piloting new technology and tools to reinforce the safety and security of Quorum. 

 

We are preparing Quorum to be a safe and healthy place to convene as your alternate home office, small meeting space or as a venue for your virtual event. We are fine tuning our process and standards daily and are taking every proper precaution to ensure  your health and safety. 

First Floor

  • Capacity: 60
  • Digital signage
  • Prep kitchen
  • Concierge
  • Gender neutral bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessibility

Capacity: 30

Seating

  • Theater: 30
  • Open U: 12
  • Square: 15
  • Pods: 24

AV

  • 85 in. TV
  • Sound bar
  • Digital Signage 
  • Speakers on ground floor 
  • Local and Signal connection

 

second floor

Capacity: 10

Seating

  • Theater: 10
  • Open U: 6
  • Square: 10
  • Pods: 1

AV

  • 65 in. TV
  • Sound bar
  • Local and Signal connection

Capacity: 6

AV

  • 65 in. TV
  • Sound bar
  • Local and Signal connection

Capacity: 220

Seating

  • Theater: 220
  • Open U: 50
  • Square: 50
  • Pods: 12 (8 people per pod)

AV

  • Two projectors/screens
  • Two podiums
  • 6 wireless microphones
  • Speakers
  • Local and Signal connection
  • Video Camera capabilities

Capacity: 6

AV

  • 65 in. TV
  • Sound bar
  • Local and Signal connection

Capacity: 30

Seating

  • Theater: 30
  • Open U: 22
  • Square: 18
  • Pods: 4-5 (8 people per pod)

AV

  • 55 in. TV
  • Video Camera capabilities
  • Wireless microphones capabilities
  • Local and Signal connection

 

OUR CREDO

We expect that you adhere to our Community Credo while on the Science Center Community Slack.

 

  • Make Yourself At Home.
  • Contribute in a positive way that creates a safe and respectful community.
  • Become an active participant in our experiment.
  • Attend with a mind of inquiry.
  • You are part of this community, help build it.
  • Foster inclusivity.
  • We are NOT a venue for hard selling.
  • Connect responsibly and respectfully.
  • Get involved.

 

OUR SLACK COMMUNITY RULES

Due to the unique nature and anonymity of online interactions, we want to be sure to explicitly state what isn’t acceptable in our community Slack space.

 

Here are things that will get your posts removed and possibly get you banned. Please note this is not a comprehensive list. Our moderators reserve the right to remove anything we deem inappropriate.

 

  • Spam: Zero tolerance. Spam will be deleted.
  • Hard-Selling: Selling your products or services on our slack channel will get your post deleted. Repeated offenses will have you banned. You might be asking, “Why? Isn’t this space for innovators? Won’t they have products?” It’s because selling products creates a transactional rather than personal, meaningful relationship between the members of our slack community.
  • Bullying and Harassment: Zero tolerance. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated, whether public in Slack channels or private in DMs. Doing so will immediately result in a ban.
  • Personal attacks: Do not attack or insult other users in our Slack community.
  • Doxxing: Don’t reveal someone else’s personal information without their permission on our Slack channels (or ever).
  • Illegal activities: Posting links to illegal downloads, ways to steal services, and other nefarious activity will be removed.
  • NSFW material: Even images or links that could be considered borderline are not acceptable. A good rule of thumb is that anything beyond PG-13 will get you in trouble, but we reserve the right to remove any post we deem inappropriate. This includes but is not limited pornographic material, vile language, gore, etc.
  • Hate speech: Zero tolerance. We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on their identities, including but not limited to — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability.
  • Trolling: “Trolling” is a big, messy term, but we know what trolls are and we won’t tolerate it. If you’re abusing the good conversations, we will delete your posts.
  • Spreading misinformation: We will remove posts promoting obvious falsehoods.
  • Multiple accounts and throwaway emails: We don’t allow multiple accounts per user. Using a disposable email address signals to us that you might not be here for the right reasons. You also may not create accounts designed to impersonate another person.

 

NEED TO REPORT SOMEONE?

Send a direct message to any Science Center Staff Member in the Science Center Slack space with a screenshot of the post and we’ll address it ASAP.