Village On The Isle is excited to begin our Kitchen Renovation Project.
While we routinely update and change out our cooking and refrigeration equipment on an on-going basis, the physical structure of the building is 30+ years old and needs to be updated. Some of the major renovation that will be completed includes:
- Replacement of drain lines under the floor,
- Replacement of walls and ceilings
- Brand new HVAC system (heating/cooling system)
- New exhaust systems,
- New custom built food prep and serving areas will be installed,
- Upgrades on equipment such as an additional walk-in cooler for uncooked meats and proteins and a blast chiller to quickly cool down heated foods.
For approx. 5-6 months starting by the second week in January of 2015, we will be out of our main production kitchen. All of our cooking and refrigerated equipment will be un-installed and stored on site and then be re-installed once the kitchen has been renovated.
During the kitchen renovation project we have contracted with a modular kitchen rental company to provide us a temporary modular kitchen system to produce the food for our residents. The modular kitchen will consist of 4 main 56’ x 11’ buildings that interlock together creating a cooking area that will have the exact same cooking and warming equipment that we currently use, prep areas, and a full dish wash and pot and pan sink area. There will also be (2) 10’ x 20’ walk-in freezers, (2) 10’ x 20’ walk-in refrigerators and (1) 10’ x 20’ dry and canned storage room that attach into the main modular kitchen structure. The temporary kitchen will be set up on the driveway between our Marketing and Communications Lobby entrances with access in and out via an ADA ramp system.
The modular kitchen system is due to arrive on November 19th with installation taking about a 1-1/2 weeks to crane lift the modular structure onto supports and attach the buildings together. Then hurricane tie downs will be installed, the buildings sealed together along with a/c and exhaust equipment installed etc.. Then our on-site kitchen contractor will need to connect all the electric, gas, water, and sewer lines from our current buildings into the leased modular kitchen system. After all of this work is complete, we will have inspections by the local building department, Fire Marshal, and Health Departments before we can operate out of the modular kitchen. We expect to this completed by the week of December 15th.
Once we are permitted to use the modular kitchen we will slowly move our food production into the temporary structure over the remainder of December running a parallel operation out of the temporary kitchen and our main production kitchen. After the first week in January we will move the entire food production operation into the modular kitchen.
Once we are fully operational, all food production, prep, and washing will occur in the modular kitchen. Food will be prepared in batches and transported by insulated rolling hot boxes to each of our dining rooms to be served to our resident via a buffet style system. All Dishes will be transported back and forth to the modular kitchen’s dish/pot and pan area.
As you can see this is a major operation, one that we have carefully planned out and one that will ensure we don’t skip a beat when it comes to the quality of food for our residents! We look forward the start and finish of the kitchen renovation project and hope to keep everyone updated as progress is made.
This blog was written by Mike Donelan, Director of Food Services at Village On The Isle.