Community Service: Volunteering with Portland’s ReBuilding Center

Portland’s ReBuilding Center is a community development resource that uses building and remodeling materials to create positive outcomes in the Portland area.

As part of their DeConstruction program, crews glean reusable materials from demolition sites, salvaging about 85% of a building’s parts. These materials are taken to a re-processing lot, where volunteers remove nails, screws, staples, and the like.

The ReBuilding Center then uses this lumber in the construction of tiny homes for the houseless, as instruction material for their award-winning ReFind Education Program, or for re-sale in the ReBuilding Center’s public store at 40-90% off market value. It’s the triple bottom line of sustainability in action — environmental, economic, and social — and that’s the kind of community service we get behind.

As part of the firm’s annual Day of Service participation on Martin Luther King Day, our in-house Sustainability Committee organized a group volunteer shift at the processing lot. We liked it so much, we’re headed back on President’s Day for a second shift.

Hennebery Eddy pays for staff to volunteer up to 8 workday hours on MLK Day (or President’s Day) with an organization of their choice. Beyond our group activity, our staff also helped plant trees, weatherized homes for seniors, and lent a hand at local schools. These efforts are part of our net-positive philosophy in creating a better community around our business.

Holiday Greetings

As 2017 draws to a close, we’re filled with gratitude for a year of projects that have reached significant milestones; strong new and long-standing relationships with building owners, contractors, and vendors; and colleagues who are a joy to work with. We celebrated the firm’s 25th anniversary, welcomed new staff, and cheered each others’ achievements — and anticipate all that 2018 will bring.

From all of us at Hennebery Eddy Architects, happy holidays!

Pictured: Snaps from our quarterly all-office lunch, white elephant gift exchange, and annual “Elf Cart” festivities

Hennebery Eddy renews Sustainability at Work Gold certification

When you visit our studio, there are a few things you likely won’t find around our workspace or conference rooms – items such as plastic water bottles, paper plates, or disposable cutlery. The absence of these single-use items is intentional. As a business committed to sustainability, we strive to make the most environmentally aware choices when it comes to our design work, material selection, and our day-to-day operations.

Wood plaque showing Sustainability at Work Gold certification for Hennebery Eddy Architects

As we know from the EcoChallenge, the cumulative effect of many small choices is powerful and impactful, and for Hennebery Eddy, they’ve resulted in our Gold certification as a Sustainability at Work business, a designation awarded by the City of Portland. We first applied for the three-year certification in 2014 and successfully completed the re-certification process in October. The Sustainability at Work program awards points for 50 different criteria in the categories of Reduce/Reuse/Recycle, Employee Engagement, Transportation, Energy, Water, and Community Engagement, as well as additional “actions” organizations can self-report. Bronze, Silver, and Gold designations are made based on the total points accrued from all categories.

Beyond the criteria outlined by the City of Portland Sustainability at Work program, at Hennebery Eddy we embrace the following business practices that contribute to a healthier environment:

  • An organized “net positive committee” of employees facilitates and implements on-going sustainability efforts and education within the firm
  • 100% of our design staff are LEED accredited
  • Became a JUST™ organization through the International Living Future Institute
  • A net-positive design approach is one of our core areas of expertise
  • Participate in NWEI’s EcoChallenge; for the last four years, we have finished in the top 10 teams out of more than 600
  • Offer employees a secure, sheltered bike storage room with shower
  • Our vendor food policy prohibits “box lunches” and encourages family-style meals without the use of paper plates and other disposable serving items
  • Offer a robust in-office composting program in addition to recycling
  • Transitioning much of our technology hardware to energy-efficient models

We are proud to be a Gold Sustainability at Work company and hope that our certification will inspire other organizations to participate in the program.

 

EcoChallenge 2017

For the fourth year in a row, Hennebery Eddy is embarking on the two-week EcoChallenge. We participate as a way of encouraging each other to take personal action and ownership in areas such as health, energy, waste, transportation and food. Many of us find that being mindful of our personal decisions, and making lower-impact choices, connects to how we practice at work. By centering personal and design decisions around our values, we’re working to build a community that is healthy and sustainable for the long term.

Hennebery Eddy employees share their 2017 EcoChallenge Commitments
Aly and Ashley share their 2017 #EcoChallenge commitments!

So how does this impact the world around us? In addition to the collective impact small changes can have, we hope our participation will encourage others to shift behaviors. According to recent research at Stanford University, if people believe that societal norms are changing, they are more likely to change as well:

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Summer Celebration on Sauvie Island

This summer, in recognition of the firm’s 25th anniversary, we expanded our annual summer event for staff members and their families into a bigger celebration. At the end of July, we closed the office for an afternoon and to explore the many activities available on Sauvie Island. From biking and hiking to berry picking and swimming, we all enjoyed the summer sunshine. In the evening, we gathered at Kruger’s Farm for an outdoor farm-to-table dinner.

Hennebery Eddy embraces the idea that the practice of architecture is a collaborative process and relies heavily on the successful work relationships between colleagues. Recognizing the people who contribute to our achievements as a firm was central to our 25th anniversary celebration, and this memorable summer event was a way to specifically thank our staff for their contributions to the firm.

View highlights of our farm-to-table dinner below, and visit our culture page to see more ways we have fun!

Celebrating 25 Years: People | Values | Future

Hennebery Eddy Architects celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. It’s a milestone we’re marking throughout the year by celebrating the people who have contributed to and share in our success, the values that ground our practice and manifest in our design work, and the future that we anticipate sharing with our community of consultants, owners, clients, colleagues, and friends.

On September 14, we welcomed nearly 300 guests to the Garden at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Portland to celebrate, reconnect and toast to building the future of Portland and the region together. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

View highlights from the event below, and for more images from the celebration, visit the complete gallery from photographer Kim Nguyen.

Hennebery Eddy Tees Off Second Annual Golf Tournament

It’s officially summer and recreational activities are in full swing, which means trips to the coast and a high probability of overly competitive mini golf.

At Hennebery Eddy, we’re all-in. Especially on the mini golf. Not just because it’s fun and hilarious —it also gives our staff the chance to put our design skills to the test with something unconventional.

What does it look like when you give architects 30 minutes to design a 7-hole mini golf course? Take a look:

All of us at Hennebery Eddy wish you and yours a wonderful summer season!

Hennebery Eddy’s First Day of Community Service

Hennebery Eddy Architects is no stranger to volunteering – as a staff and at the individual level, many of us have participated in efforts to give back to our communities. This year, the firm took its commitment to serve the community where we work, live, and create a step further. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 12 Hennebery Eddy staff members participated in the firm’s first Day of Community Service. Employees were granted up to 8 hours to volunteer with a group or project of their choice. Read on for a summary of some of the projects!

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Happy Holidays from Hennebery Eddy Architects!

Sugary treats, greeting cards, and evergreen décor – the holiday season is in full swing and our office is embracing the holiday spirit! From our annual holiday party to our quarterly all-staff lunch and a white elephant gift exchange, we’re taking the time to celebrate a strong 2016.

All of us at Hennebery Eddy wish you and yours a joyful holiday season!