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Winner!

RMC was chosen as a 2018 Sustainability Champion by local nonprofit Sustainable Connections as one of the pioneers in our local economy that have done outstanding work to make Whatcom one of the best places to live, work, and play. Read more about why Sustainable Connections chose us, here!  

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Youth Day Shelter Opens Amid Cold Snap

From church basement to full-service day shelter for youth, the transformation of The Ground Floor at First Congregational is complete. While winter weather foiled the Saturday evening public appearance of keynote speaker Ryan Berg, a New York City youth worker and author of No House to Call my Home, a ribbon cutting commenced on Sunday…

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Season's greetings friends!

We know neither rain nor sleet nor lack of parking will stop you from coming downtown this festive season. How could it? Not with all there is to do and enjoy, whether you’re here for a Charlie Brown Christmas at BAAY or magic at the Mt. Baker Theatre; shopping local (maybe at Ormalulu, the Bellingham…

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Housing Week, Lexie and more

The second annual Housing Week concluded last week, an event-filled four days that left us feeling optimistically realistic. But before we get to that, please join us in congratulating Lexie Costic, AIA, who became a licensed architect in Washington state earlier this year; now 70 percent of RMC’s design professionals are registered architects. Lexie joined RMC…

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Restoring the heart of Bellingham

Are you as excited as we are about the possibility of transforming the old JCPenney building on Cornwall—which has sat more or less empty since 1988 —  into a mix of stores, offices and apartments that will bring new activity and life to this key block? After a public hearing September 24, the council is…

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Breaking new ground

Habitat for Humanity and The Kulshan Community Land Trust broke ground in more ways than one last month when they began Phase 1 of their collaborative effort to bring 54 permanently affordable townhomes to Bellingham. Telegraph Townhomes marks the launch of the Threshold Fund, an innovative financing tool that reduces the cost of building affordable…

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March 2018 Project and People News

If you’ve driven down State Street recently and wondered what the construction project across from the Herald Building is all about, wonder no more: 22 North will offer 40 studio apartments to adults experiencing homelessness, thanks to of a collaboration between Northwest Youth Services (NWYS) and Opportunity Council. As our community continues to grapple with…

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Makers Make Community

RMC recently finished work on the expansion of Social Fabric, which is living up to its brilliant name with an engaging mashup of sewing groups and classes, textile art, shopping and creative window displays to a key downtown corner. Located on Commercial Street in the Parkade building, it’s just one of several Bellingham venues designed…

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We’re thinking a lot about unity these days.

Enter Unity Care Northwest. Part of a national network of community health centers established in 1965 with bipartisan support, it has provided healthcare to anyone in Whatcom County who needs it, regardless of income or insurance, for more than 30 years. Since 2008, its patient population has increased by 74%. Last year, amid the uncertainty…

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Friday Afternoon Design Challenge

Friday afternoon design challenge: Make you vanish. Banish the ugly, tame the tangle! Show the world what’s possible, architects; do that problem-solving thing! Judges focus, scrutinize, discerning daring acts of innovation and technical perfection. Attention to detail counts. Zip ties allowed. Extra points for overcoming adverse conditions. Everyone gets a ribbon for participating, just like soccer.…

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