Hummingbird Wholesale Announces Grand Opening of Mahonia Building

May 7th 2018

Time & Location

Jun 08, 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Mahonia Building , 120 Shelton Mcmurphey Blvd, Eugene, OR 97401, USA

About The Event

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the Mahonia Building—Eugene’s newest food and community hub, featuring innovative, sustainable design, many up-cycled building materials, and environmentaly friendly grounds.

This exciting new hub features warehouse, production, and office spaces, as well as restaurants and rentable community rooms. The layout features common areas to create positive interaction between tenants … a collaborative community of organizations and businesses focused on food, environment and health.

FOOD: Enjoy complimentary snacks from Hummingbird Wholesale, and others. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Barrow food purveyors.

LIVE MUSIC: Live music by the Dana McWayne Quartet.

GUIDED TOURS: the visionaries behind the project will be offering guided tours of the Mahonia building and surroundings every half hour during the event.

PARKING: Onsite parking is limited. We encourage you to walk, ride your bike, or carpool! Free parking is available along Lincoln and Lawrence streets, and paid parking is available in the Diamond parking lot on the east side of the Mahonia building.

We look forward to seeing you Friday, June 8th at the Mahonia Building.

Find out more and register to attend HERE

About the Mahonia Building

Inspiration-Mahonia was inspired by a collective motivation to heal our land, our waters and our relationships. It has been a highly collaborative project, with the understanding that the best solutions come from working together. Mahonia (Oregon grape) has been Oregon’s state flower since 1899, and in choosing the name of the building they place value on the understanding that health is rooted in this land, which literally supports the foundation of the building as well as the ability to live here.

Design-Mahonia is a commercial building with high aspirations. A mix of warehouse, production, and office spaces, the layout features common areas to create positive interaction between tenants. The building was designed by Anni Tilt of Arkin Tilt Architects in Berkeley. Well day-lit and naturally ventilated, the office exterior walls are insulated with straw bales finished with earth-plaster for a natural, healthy environment.

Innovative Building Features:

Straw Bale Walls-Mahonia has the largest straw bale insulating walls of any commercial building in Oregon! Three stories used over 500 bales from a Junction City organic wheat farmer. The earth plaster was made from straw, sand, clay and soil from the building site and the wall was installed in workshops by over 80 volunteers under the direction of the California Straw Bale Association (CASBA) and Day One Design.

Reused Materials-Environmentally friendly and artfully reused (up-cycled) materials include: siding, flooring (reclaimed from a retired school gymnasium), windows, doors, light fixtures, metal railings, and “urbanite” block walls in the landscaping.

Natural Light-Thoughtful effort was made to bring in natural light and share it throughout the building, so people can thrive and be inspired through direct connection to natural light rhythms.

Green Building Highlights:

  • 50 KW solar electric system
  • Central solar hot water with tankless gas backup heaters
  • High efficiency dual fuel heating and cooling systems
  • LED lighting
  • Environmentally friendly finishes such as whey based floor finish and low-VOC paints
  • Straw Bale insulation with clay plaster finishes
  • Trout Friendly chemical free landscape, with bioswales to collect water runoff from parking lot
  • Zero Waste reuse and recycling stream
  • Indoor bike parking
  • 26,000 sq feet of reused maple flooring

Charitable Giving-All of the contractors associated with the building project made a contribution to the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, a community nonprofit working to develop a secure, sustainable and inclusive food system in Lane County.

About The Barrow

The Barrow is Eugene’s newest sustainably-built food and community hub. With a long-term vision for creating a healthier regional food system, supported by collaborative office and community space, this innovative project is coming to life. The Barrow, which includes the new Mahonia Building, the established Stellaria Building (2011), and the space in between, is a collective project lead by the owners of Organic food manufacturer and distributor, Hummingbird Wholesale. The Barrow in its entirety is a community of businesses and non-profit organizations focused on organic and sustainable food, health and environment. The occupants include restaurants, a bakery, a food cart, health and wellness providers, food manufacturers and distributor, and some of Eugene’s long standing environmental organizations. The Mahonia and Stellaria buildings additionally feature rentable incubator kitchens that are managed by Hummingbird Wholesale, designed to support small scale food producers in bringing their innovative products to market without needing to individually invest in the required commercial kitchen set-up.

A full tenant list and more at