Boston – Shawmut Design and Construction recently broke ground on a 17,000sf expansion and 8,000sf renovation of Community Servings’ new Food Campus at the nonprofit’s headquarters in Jamaica Plain.
The new 31,000sf campus will include universally accessible and family-friendly volunteer kitchens for individuals of all abilities; a learning kitchen for on-site nutrition education and hands-on instruction for training programs; a new baking kitchen that produces customized desserts for special diet clients; and a Food & Health Policy Center focused on research and replicating the health care cost-saving model nationally.
In partnership with Jacobs Engineering Group and QPD, the $21 million project will enable the food and nutrition organization to triple meal production to serve more critically ill neighbors in need and expand to additional communities. It is set for completion in the fall of 2019.
Approximately 8,000sf of the existing, occupied 13,400sf building will be reconstructed to provide additional classrooms, a kitchen expansion, and storage. The three-story expansion will include a commercial kitchen, offices, and gathering spaces to double the capacity for daily volunteers and job training graduates.
The reconfigured site will provide parking, small herb gardens, fencing, and complementary landscaping.