We are in the final stretch. We expect our electrical meter to be installed this week. There are a few other administrative details to take care of, but we look to be on track to get those sorted out.
If we can’t have the soft opening, we will still be conducting tours and orientation.
What to expect in the new space:
It is a huge improvement over any space we’ve had exclusive access to. The building and fixtures are brand new. It also gives folks room to make, without tripping over each other. We think you’ll like it.
The building is a 3000 sq ft warehouse shell. About 1/2 of it is shared with a for-profit business that shares the makers ethos.
To get in as quickly as possible and keep costs low, we haven’t built out any internal structures. We will have tool areas, workbenches, and a community area. For anyone wanting dedicated space for storage or build out of projects large or small, we have a limited area available to advanced members at an additional fee.
This is a large growth spurt for us, so we will be tweaking the numbers to get ourselves to a sustainable funding level. Our aim is to keep memberships accessible to anyone, but the realities of rent on Maui make this challenging. If we need to raise dues, members who are current annual members will be grandfathered in.
Id also like to take a moment to remind everyone that we are an all volunteer organization. Were going to ask everyone who is a member to spend an hour or two a month, helping with some of the essential chores, that will keep things in good shape. This will allow us to keep dues as low as possible. We don’t have paid staff–we’d like to keep it that way.
Since we don’t have any walls (yet) to block sound or dust, we will have regularly scheduled noisy times and quiet times.
We will post updates as this firms up.
We still plan to offer 24/7 access to qualified, advanced members, but still need to secure funds to upgrade the lock system before we can get there.
And in other news, it looks like some exciting things will be happening on the national maker front. Connections across spaces are starting to solidify, which we hope will lead to more opportunities for everyone to make awesome things.