by Amy Spector, OSK Project Manager
Yes! Construction is well underway at the off-site kitchen. It began on January 17th as our contractor, Bachmann Construction, applied for permits and began demolition on the interior of the building to establish our plumbing and electrical lines and prepare the floor for the cooking equipment.
A big thank you goes to architect Jim Glueck, who volunteered his time to review the contractors’ bids and provide his expert advice.
The January start on demolition means we are now looking at a late February date to have the kitchen up and running.
Willy Street Co-op member and Bachmann Construction project manager Chris Quandt bent over backwards to get us a manageable quote for construction. Joining Bachmann in the project are Commercial Air for refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and hoods; McCullough plumbing; Electrical Solutions; and Kessenich’s Ltd. for the bulk of our equipment.
Speaking of which, intrepid deli manager Dan Moore and deli coordinator Bob Smith went hunting for used cooking equipment in Hudson, WI, and found several items at HR Ranch Equipment that will help defray the off-site kitchen costs.
The building at 1882 E. Main St. will continue to look pretty much as is until spring, when Accipiter Properties will paint the exterior and plant a beautiful array of flowers, shrubs and fruit trees. Willy Street Co-op members and staff have been invited by Accipiter to help with the planting, so if you have a green thumb and would like to help, let me know.
In next month’s Reader, we will announce the date of the member party to show off our brand new facility. That should occur toward the end of March. We look forward to hosting you at the site then!