Alder Commons: An Uncommon Project

Staying residence builders, we at Hammer & Hand spend a whole lot of our time executing remodels, new households, and the occasional commercial TI in Portland and Seattle. Nevertheless we pleasure ourselves on remaining best-notch builders and excellent customers of our communities, it’s not typically that we get to be involved in a challenge that is created all over the strategy of community setting up itself. Operating on the Alder Commons local community kitchen area build-out was a rare address for us, and one that meant a great deal to several associates of our workforce.

For the uninitiated, Alder Commons is a nonprofit house developed to aid multigenerational, multicultural local community setting up and individual advancement. They deliver a position for self-directed learning in courses and workshops on a vast assortment of subjects and for a various array of peoples. From cooking classes to bookshelf developing, art programs to homeschool hangouts for young ones in the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, Alder Commons serves as a group crossroad for intersectional cultural appreciation and self-improvement.

Our mission is to cultivate an equitable, all-ages local community of self-directed learners. We goal to cut down limitations between youth and grown ups of assorted backgrounds by furnishing an obtainable and inclusive place for them to share know-how and means.” (source: Alder Commons | Philosophy)

When the Alder Commons team approached Hammer & Hand about creating their community kitchen space, we were being thrilled for the chance to convey their dream to lifetime. The challenge was intended by Communitecture, a nearby architecture agency with an eye for innovative group spaces and a mission for social justice. As common builders with a emphasis in equally design and style-pushed tasks and progressing variety, fairness, and inclusion inside of our individual industry, it was a ideal in shape for Hammer & Hand. We express our heartfelt gratitude to Alder Commons for deciding on Hammer & Hand to make a space that is now a commissary kitchen area serving as home base for 16 smaller, the vast majority-QTBIPOC foodstuff and herbalism organizations.

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