The Commons: Now Under Construction
We’re excited to announce that we broke ground for Commons construction on January 14, 2021! This multi-purpose gathering space will increase our capacity for transformational hosting.
We are so grateful to each of you who helped us reach this milestone with dedicated gifts totalling $1,020,000. This includes significant funding of $287,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and over $730,000 donated by individual donors like you! We also thank volunteer Project Manager Tucker Stevens, who stepped up to this role during his board service; designer Matthew Swett at Taproot Architects; builder Dan Neumeyer of Jade Craftsman Builders; site work contractors J & D Wallace; and staff member Thomas Arthur for managing arising needs onsite.
Our special gratitude goes out to Nancy Nordhoff for her matching gift of $200,000, and to Andy Anderson who gave $135,000 to ensure we could move forward by the end of 2020. We also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Sharon Daloz Parks and Larry Parks Daloz, two Whidbey Institute Senior Fellows for whom the Commons has been a long-tended dream. Their outreach and fundraising efforts in 2019, including relationship-building with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, helped secure a total of $549,000 for the Commons. We thank you, donors, for your multi-year pledges and one-time gifts—many given in honor of Sharon and Larry.
Construction is scheduled to continue through this Winter, Spring, and Summer, for completion in Autumn 2021.