WINTER 2024 PROJECT
In celebration of our big move into our new workshop space at 2080 2nd Street, we’ll be working on a few projects for our amazing neighbor: BORP (Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program), which provides adaptive recreation equipment to individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Our work will be a combination of repair work for their adaptive kayaks, and the construction of some improved outdoor furniture for their dock and outdoor area. We’ll use a wide array of repair tools and carpentry tools, and will of course get to visit their facility just steps from our front door!
Construction + Community was created as a school-year program for 9th-12th grade girls and a complement to our Young Women’s Design and Building Institute. The course, taking place in three 8-week sessions over the school year, invites high school girls and gender-expansive youth with an interest in architecture, construction trades, design, and engineering, to learn technical construction skills in the context of community service. The program is free for participants, and we also build our projects pro-bono for community clients, focusing on the power of applying our construction skills towards the mutual aid and benefit of our entire community. For students interested in pursuing college pathways or careers in STEM, the trades, design, or architecture, this course is a hands-on exploration of what it means to physically construct the environments in which our community thrives. Using personal power and power tools, we are also building our community, one project at a time.
The cohort of 12 students is led by Executive Director Emily Pilloton-Lam and Shop and Project Manager Augusta Sitney, both of whom have 10-15 years experience in architecture, construction, metal fabrication, and teaching. We also spend time as a group discussing and practicing positive collaboration skills, reflecting on our identities within the work, and how we can best apply our skills towards the goals of equity, inclusion, and community benefit.