Thank You CARNEMARK design + build!

The folks at Forklift would like to extend a huge thank you to CARNEMARK design + build for coming out to Community Forklift this month. With access to all the materials in our warehouse, these brilliant architects brainstormed with our staff and developed creative solutions to some of our spatial constraints.

When we heard that a whole crew of builders and designers from CARNEMARK were volunteering to spend a day in our warehouse, we presented them with some of the challenges we face on a daily basis. For example, if you’ve ever looked above the vignettes in Aisle 1, you’ve probably seen a jumble of chairs up there that we simply haven’t had room for on the warehouse floor. Our volunteers’ solution to this conundrum was to build a one-of-a-kind, sustainably-sourced Chair Tree. Community Forklift’s Jane Matt added a Partridge to the front of it, referencing the line from a very popular Christmas song that goes “a partridge in a chair tree.”

The newly crowned “Chair Tree” towers above Aisle 1.  


The warehouse table parts section was another area in need of an upgrade. A vintage purple bathtub was transformed into a storage container for our stray table legs. This addition, along with a shelving unit that the team of volunteers cleaned up and moved, is already helping to make it easier for customers to find parts & pieces for upcycling!



One creative volunteer even came up with a way for us to incorporate chandeliers and other hanging items into one of our displays. He built a mounting bracket on our Aisle 1 endcap, giving us more room to be creative within the space.


We are incredibly grateful for the service that CARNEMARK’s team of builders and designers, and are hoping to work with them again in the future. As a non-profit organization, Community Forklift relies heavily on the support of our community – which can come in many forms. When groups like CARNEMARK volunteer to support our team, we can get a whole lot of ‘Lifting done together!

Would your company enjoy a team-building day at our warehouse?  Contact Ruthie(at) or 301-985-5180 to get on our calendar today!