February 05, 2020
McKinley Architecture and Engineering Supports Local Makerspace
McKinley Architecture and Engineering donated 7 doors to The Maker’s Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Thom Worlledge, the Charleston Area Manager for McKinley, skillfully repurposed the doors to build work tables for use in the “Technology Lab” of The Maker’s Center.
What is “The Maker’s Center”? It is an innovative approach that is inspiring local residents to imagine a brighter future.
The Maker’s Center is the home of an initiative for those in recovery, school children, and the community. It is comprised of three areas: a technology lab, a woodshop, and an art studio. The Maker’s Center is similar to the worldwide makerspace movement which offers nonprofit, collaborative, community workshops where groups of people pool their resources (usually tools, technology, and art) for the common good of making, learning, exploring, and sharing. Makerspaces give you access to tools like 3D printers, robotics, electronics, computers, word-working tools, and art supplies… but a makerspace can also include anything its members want the space to include.
What’s important to remember about a makerspace is that you actually make something. It is built around the belief that “You have skills to share with me, and I have the skills to share with you.”
The Maker’s Center is initially focusing on partnering with local schools, recovery centers, and residence who want to learn a new skill or make something. What does the Maker’s Center Do? Encourage learning, Provide community, Celebrate growth (both in ourselves and in our neighbors as we dream, learn, innovate, create, and invest in a brighter future together).