Life's Kitchen Prepares for Construction of New Facility in Garden City 

click to enlarge Life's Kitchen operates in a commercial kitchen near Capitol Boulevard across from Boise State University. The nonprofit will soon have a new home in Garden City. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • Life's Kitchen operates in a commercial kitchen near Capitol Boulevard across from Boise State University. The nonprofit will soon have a new home in Garden City.
Since its founding in 2003, Life's Kitchen—a nonprofit that focuses on bringing life skills training to at-risk young adults through the culinary arts—has operated out of the same cramped kitchen at the city of Boise's Housing and Community Development Facility across Capitol Boulevard from Boise State University. The city recently decided to redevelop that area, though, and the building's tenants have slowly been moving out.

In response to the news that its kitchen and classrooms would soon be knocked down, the organization purchased a 35,000 square-foot lot on the corner of Clay and 34th streets in Garden City. The new 9,000-square-foot building will include a commercial kitchen, a cafe, classrooms and administrative space. 

Aug. 31, the nonprofit announced the construction project team, which includes some high profile names around the Treasure Valley's construction scene. CSHQA—known for its sustainable design philosophy—will provide architectural services, Russell Corporation—which oversaw construction of the Village at Meridian—will handle construction management, the kitchen design and equipment will be by Bargreen Ellingson; and Stack Rock Group will provide the landscape architecture, and the firm is also working on a new multi-use apartment building planned for the Central Addition this fall. 

"We have assembled a first rate team with more than 200 years of collective experience to design and build us the best facility at the best price," said Life's Kitchen executive director Jeremy Maxand in a news release. "The quality of work of each of these organizations speaks for itself, but the commitment to young people in our community is what made this team the right fit for this project."

Life's Kitchen has provided more than 260,000 hours of job training to hundreds of at-risk young adults, according to the news release. The program is free and focuses on 16-20 year olds with barriers to employment. It's also produced more than one million charitable meals, which go toward other nonprofits around town like Interfaith Sanctuary.

Construction is slated for Spring 2017, with a completion date in October 2017. Fundraising for the new facility has already begun. Maxand makes clear there will be no gap in Life's Kitchen's operations while construction is underway. 
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