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CraterWorks Makerspace, Central Point


Central Point, Oregon has a new home for creative thinkers who like to dream big. From woodworking and 3D printing, to metalwork and graphic design, if you can think it, you can do it at CraterWorks makerspace. It’s no surprise that a building that focuses so much on creativity also has a thoughtful, sustainable design, and Energy Trust of Oregon was happy to lend support.

The building, which was previously used as the Crater Iron warehouse, underwent an energy-efficient renovation after it was acquired by Central Point School District 6. “Being sustainable, energy efficient and reusing materials allowed us to avoid waste and really reflect excellent design. We want this building to inspire people,” said Samantha Steele, superintendent, Central Point School District 6.

To support the project, Energy Trust provided $18,000 in cash incentives for an early design charrette and energy-saving features such as LED lighting, infrared radiant heaters and high-efficiency kitchen equipment. These solutions help CraterWorks save an estimated 48,000 kWh, 2,000 therms and $5,000 in energy costs per year.

Since opening in May of 2019, CraterWorks has hosted a wide variety of classes and workshops for the community. Students have used the space to study soundwaves by building tin-can banjos, while another class created their own 3D glyphs. CraterWorks also fosters growth for local small businesses by providing equipment and creative workspaces, including a full commercial kitchen and other valuable resources.

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