Alder Commons: An Uncommon Project


Staying property builders, we at Hammer & Hand devote a large amount of our time performing remodels, new households, and the occasional industrial TI in Portland and Seattle. Even though we delight ourselves on remaining top-notch builders and good associates of our communities, it is not typically that we get to be included in a venture that is made around the thought of group developing by itself. Operating on the Alder Commons community kitchen establish-out was a uncommon deal with for us, and a person that meant a good deal to many associates of our team.

For the uninitiated, Alder Commons is a nonprofit area built to aid multigenerational, multicultural neighborhood making and individual expansion. They give a area for self-directed learning in classes and workshops on a large vary of subject areas and for a assorted array of peoples. From cooking courses to bookshelf creating, art classes to homeschool hangouts for children in the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, Alder Commons serves as a local community crossroad for intersectional cultural appreciation and self-improvement.

Our mission is to cultivate an equitable, all-ages neighborhood of self-directed learners. We aim to lessen barriers among youth and grown ups of varied backgrounds by providing an obtainable and inclusive area for them to share awareness and methods.” (supply: Alder Commons | Philosophy)

When the Alder Commons team approached Hammer & Hand about developing their neighborhood kitchen room, we were thrilled for the opportunity to deliver their desire to existence. The undertaking was intended by Communitecture, a local architecture firm with an eye for resourceful group areas and a mission for social justice. As conventional builders with a concentration in equally design-pushed initiatives and progressing variety, equity, and inclusion in just our individual market, it was a perfect fit for Hammer & Hand. We categorical our heartfelt gratitude to Alder Commons for deciding on Hammer & Hand to establish a area that is now a commissary kitchen serving as residence base for 16 little, the greater part-QTBIPOC foods and herbalism firms.

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