The Saint Andrew’s Kitchen Renovation Committee met on June 15, 2021, to address concerns voiced at our 2020 Annual Meeting. We looked at ways to provide a scaled-down proposal that would still support our original mission to strengthen our sense of community and increase opportunities for fellowship among parishioners and guests through a renovated kitchen.

Addressing existing deficiencies with respect to functionality, health, and safety remain a priority. The new plans should still address better workflow, new appliances, improved storage, easily cleanable and maintainable finishes, and better lighting and ventilation.

The result of these discussions is a plan that keeps major renovation activities within the existing kitchen footprint and to the greatest extent possible minimizes or eliminates relocation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure. The major feature in the new concept, is to locate the new gas ranges/ovens to the east wall backed up to the mechanical room. This allows easy access to the gas service line as well as allowing for a more economical hood exhaust solution. Another significant cost saving measure it for the dishwashing area and sink locations to remain where they currently are to avoid relocation of the water supply and drains.

The revised concept also envisions using the existing small classroom for storage and a possible new location for the already purchased refrigerator and/or freezer.

The Committee believes that this new approach will support our original mission while greatly reducing costs. The Vestry was updated at their June 21st meeting and we will now begin the process of contacting a kitchen designer to develop permit ready documents, obtain a revised cost estimate, and investigate appropriate contracting methods for the construction.

Kitchen renovation update – by Angie Barr