Alder Commons: An Uncommon Project

Staying residence builders, we at Hammer & Hand spend a ton of our time accomplishing remodels, new households, and the occasional commercial TI in Portland and Seattle. Nevertheless we pleasure ourselves on becoming prime-notch builders and fantastic customers of our communities, it is not often that we get to be involved in a job that is intended all around the notion of neighborhood setting up itself. Doing work on the Alder Commons group kitchen establish-out was a rare address for us, and a person that intended a great deal to several customers of our workforce.

For the uninitiated, Alder Commons is a nonprofit room made to aid multigenerational, multicultural group constructing and own expansion. They supply a area for self-directed mastering in lessons and workshops on a broad assortment of subject areas and for a assorted array of peoples. From cooking courses to bookshelf setting up, artwork classes to homeschool hangouts for kids in the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, Alder Commons serves as a local community crossroad for intersectional cultural appreciation and self-enhancement.

Our mission is to cultivate an equitable, all-ages community of self-directed learners. We aim to cut down obstacles involving youth and grown ups of varied backgrounds by delivering an obtainable and inclusive place for them to share expertise and resources.” (supply: Alder Commons | Philosophy)

When the Alder Commons crew approached Hammer & Hand about setting up their local community kitchen area house, we were being thrilled for the option to bring their dream to existence. The challenge was designed by Communitecture, a neighborhood architecture organization with an eye for innovative group spaces and a mission for social justice. As standard builders with a concentration in both equally structure-pushed initiatives and progressing diversity, fairness, and inclusion in just our have business, it was a best suit for Hammer & Hand. We categorical our heartfelt gratitude to Alder Commons for choosing Hammer & Hand to create a space that is now a commissary kitchen serving as house foundation for 16 small, majority-QTBIPOC meals and herbalism organizations.

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