Oxbow Design Build is committed to a set of guiding principles that direct our business decisions and policies. We refer to these ideologies as ARCS, representing Aesthetics, Resiliency, Community, and Sustainability.
We value the many communities that we are a part of, and are proud to participate in the continued revitalization of the Easthampton Pleasant Street Mill District. Our location in the Mill District puts us close to a number of shops with which we have developed a collaborative relationship, and we are devoted to sourcing materials and services locally whenever possible. As members of the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives, an integrated network of co-ops committed to the growth of our local economy and the facilitation of other worker co-operatives, we are constantly aiming to build a sustainable, local, and worker-centered economy.
Here are just a few of the local businesses we work with.
Cowls Building Supply
Foster Farrar True Value Hardware
Invisible Cities Apiary
Leader Home Centers
Manchester True Value Hardware
Mountain Base Machine Co
Ponders Hollow Custom Moldings
R&L Sheet Metal
Stone Soup Concrete
Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives
West Side Finishing
We are fully insured and hold the following licenses:
- Chris Millette: Home Improvement Contractor (# 186013), Lead Safe Renovator-Supervisor
- Carl Woodruff: Home Improvement Contractor (# 186013), Construction Supervisor License (CS-109983)
- Noah Modie: Massachusetts Registered Architect
We are currently working with The Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives on converting into a worker-owned co-op.
Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In this tradition, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.
The principles of a cooperative, as defined by the International Cooperative Alliance, are as follows:
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.
For more information, please visit the ICA website.