Hummingbird Wholesale is an organic bulk food distribution company based in Eugene, Oregon. They recently moved into a new facility and wanted to showcase their values by building their showroom facade with strawbales and earth plaster. Eugene-based architect, Nir Pearlson, whom I used to work for, brought me on board to consult and construct Eugene's first permitted commercial straw bale wall. It was an interesting experience working on such a large job site (36,000 square feet!) alongside many builders whom had never heard of natural construction before. It was an amazing opportunity to spread the word about natural building and demonstrate how beautiful building with mud can be.
Special thanks to all of the building team: Casey Slezak, Mark Lombard, Fezzo Gaetz, Eva Miller, Emidio Cantalupo, Charlie Tilt, Marvin Warren, Jenya Lemeshow and Alexis