Soteria Kitchen Transformation Underway
Members of our Leadership Greenville 46 Soteria project team met to discuss the progress of the kitchen renovation on March 11, 2020.
From fundraising to demolition, our Leadership Greenville class 46 project team has been hard at work on the Soteria kitchen renovation. The initial focus of this project was to improve only the kitchen; however, it became apparent that more upgrades were required, and a more extensive renovation ensued.
The vision for the expansion included the dining area and gathering space adjacent to the kitchen. This concept was unanimously agreed upon by the entire team, and this new plan provides a more efficient kitchen workspace as well as a more open floorplan design. A vital element of the project was to provide a physical and visual connection from the meal prep areas that would flow into the dining and gathering space.
Our journey, images from our project team work days.
Long-term food storage with a dedicated pantry was allocated to deliver a more efficient storage solution with easier access.
In practice, a well-organized kitchen and pantry space can make a significant difference when preparing three meals a day for 10-15 people.
The additional gathering/reading space allows residents to meet with visiting family members as well as provide an area for quiet reflection and small group meetings. There is also an opportunity for this space to be opened up for larger gatherings in the future.
“I am excited to be part of a project where my skills and talents can be utilized to benefit Soteria and our LG 46 project team," said Kimberly Bailey. “My professional experiences as a construction manager enable me to help execute a kitchen renovation for a worthwhile organization. What a rewarding experience!”
Throughout the space, the design sought to highlight the craft of the Soteria at Work individuals. The kitchen prep island counter, the figurative and literal “heart” of the kitchen, will be butcherblock fashioned from reclaimed wood. The Soteria residents will make the barn doors featured throughout, created from repurposed materials as well. These elements will be focal point accents within the space to bring warmth and character to the surrounding areas.
The next step for the project will be to add the new ceilings, flooring, fixtures, and cabinets - we look forward to sharing more information with you soon.
Our team would like to thank the following partners for their assistance with this project. We really could not have done this without them, and we are very appreciative of their support.
• Demolition – completed by Brasfield & Gorrie and the LG46 Soteria team
• Electrical rough-in and new service upgrades – completed by Carolina Power
• Plumbing rough-in – completed by Jennings Dill
• Hang & Finish drywall – completed by Bonitz
• Prime & First Coat Paint – completed by Southern Painting
Progress photos taken on April 2, 2020.