The building and design world is in many ways an interconnected community, where chatter and rumors often lead to meetings and deals. That puts smaller firms inherently at a disadvantage.

A group of building professionals are seeking to address this issue by launching BIG Oakland, a co-working space geared specifically for architecture, engineering and constructions businesses.

BIG Oakland, located at 351 15th St., spans 6,000 square feet and includes building industry-specific features like extra-large…