Alder Commons: An Uncommon Project

Rick Magliano

Remaining home builders, we at Hammer & Hand invest a great deal of our time undertaking remodels, new households, and the occasional commercial TI in Portland and Seattle. Though we pleasure ourselves on staying top-notch builders and superior members of our communities, it is not generally that we get to be associated in a project that is intended about the thought of community developing by itself. Operating on the Alder Commons community kitchen construct-out was a scarce treat for us, and a single that meant a good deal to several users of our crew.

For the uninitiated, Alder Commons is a nonprofit house built to facilitate multigenerational, multicultural local community setting up and particular development. They give a place for self-directed understanding in classes and workshops on a huge variety of topics and for a assorted array of peoples. From cooking lessons to bookshelf developing, artwork classes to homeschool hangouts for youngsters in the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, Alder Commons serves as a group crossroad for intersectional cultural appreciation and self-enhancement.

Our mission is to cultivate an equitable, all-ages group of self-directed learners. We intention to reduce obstacles concerning youth and grown ups of assorted backgrounds by furnishing an available and inclusive place for them to share knowledge and means.” (resource: Alder Commons | Philosophy)

When the Alder Commons staff approached Hammer & Hand about constructing their group kitchen area room, we have been thrilled for the opportunity to provide their aspiration to existence. The task was intended by Communitecture, a nearby architecture company with an eye for innovative community areas and a mission for social justice. As common builders with a emphasis in equally design and style-driven projects and progressing variety, equity, and inclusion within just our own sector, it was a great in good shape for Hammer & Hand. We convey our heartfelt gratitude to Alder Commons for picking Hammer & Hand to construct a place that is now a commissary kitchen serving as house foundation for 16 smaller, majority-QTBIPOC meals and herbalism businesses.

Learn more about the mission of Alder Commons and test out their calendar of activities at

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