Civic, Business, and Educational leaders in Thurston County see a need for a center that provides a place for entrepreneurship, development of skills and experience that will lead to employment, new business expansion, and a place for people to conceive and complete personal projects. The realization of this Mission will be the creation of the Lacey MakerSpace in 2019.
The Lacey Makerspace (LMS) will be a community center that will contain, in one place:
- Industrial quality equipment that uses cutting edge of technology not generally available in other venues;
- A resource and access for local business to equipment, technology, and fabricators.
- Training in use of computers and equipment to meet employers needs for qualified staff; and
- Collaboration with those with similar interests to offer ideas for successful completion of projects.
The combination of all these elements speak to the necessity of developing the Lacey MakerSpace. These factors all but guarantee the success of the endeavor over the coming years.
Lacey MakerSpace at Zaverl Hall
Zaverl Hall, on the Saint Martin’s University campus, will be the new home of the Lacey MakerSpace. It will contain 4,000 square feet of equipment and tools (many of them computer driven) primarily for woodworking and metal crafting. Members will be able to prototype new products, gain skills and experience important to entering the workforce, and complete projects with the advanced tools. A classroom will be available for equipment and safety training as well as computer modeling.
Zaverl Hall is located near campus activities, public transportation, South Puget Sound Community College, the Thurston Economic Development Council, the Timberland Regional Library, and Lacey City Hall, all of which will be available to its members.
“For over 120 years, Saint Martin’s University has supported projects that improve the quality of life in the South Puget Sound. In that tradition, we are pleased to endorse the Lacey MakerSpace. Saint Martin’s University encourages others to join in this war the effort.” Roy F. Heynderckx, President, Saint Martin’s University