Alder Commons: An Uncommon Project

Kennith Bogan

Getting dwelling builders, we at Hammer & Hand shell out a ton of our time executing remodels, new houses, and the occasional commercial TI in Portland and Seattle. Even though we pleasure ourselves on currently being best-notch builders and fantastic members of our communities, it is not often that we get to be included in a undertaking that is created about the thought of group creating alone. Performing on the Alder Commons group kitchen area develop-out was a exceptional handle for us, and one particular that meant a whole lot to several users of our group.

For the uninitiated, Alder Commons is a nonprofit area intended to facilitate multigenerational, multicultural group setting up and particular growth. They deliver a put for self-directed learning in classes and workshops on a large vary of matters and for a assorted array of peoples. From cooking lessons to bookshelf creating, art classes to homeschool hangouts for young children in the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, Alder Commons serves as a neighborhood crossroad for intersectional cultural appreciation and self-advancement.

Our mission is to cultivate an equitable, all-ages neighborhood of self-directed learners. We intention to minimize barriers amongst youth and grown ups of various backgrounds by providing an obtainable and inclusive area for them to share knowledge and assets.” (supply: Alder Commons | Philosophy)

When the Alder Commons workforce approached Hammer & Hand about making their local community kitchen space, we were thrilled for the chance to deliver their dream to life. The task was intended by Communitecture, a regional architecture company with an eye for resourceful group spaces and a mission for social justice. As traditional builders with a concentration in both layout-pushed tasks and progressing range, equity, and inclusion in just our possess industry, it was a ideal match for Hammer & Hand. We convey our heartfelt gratitude to Alder Commons for choosing Hammer & Hand to establish a place that is now a commissary kitchen area serving as dwelling base for 16 small, bulk-QTBIPOC food stuff and herbalism organizations.

Understand additional about the mission of Alder Commons and examine out their calendar of activities at

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