Porterville Developmental Center
Huntsman provided design review, design modification, bidding administration, and construction phase services for a new $19M food service building for the Porterville Department of Developmental Services. Designed to serve up to 1,500 meals a day, the 29,000 square foot single-story facility is licensed as an intermediate care facility for skilled nursing and falls under OSHPD (level 2) jurisdiction for approval. Cooking and chilling production equipment and a remote 1,000 square foot storage structure is also housed in the main kitchen. Meals are prepared using the cook/chill process, and is staged for delivery to 24 satellite kitchens for reheating. Designed for LEED-NC Gold Certification, the kitchen has sustainability initiatives that will save 26% more energy than required by Title-24 requirements. Building materials, natural ventilation, storm water management, and eco-friendly cleaning strategies all contribute to the project’s environmental and LEED goals as well as position the kitchen as a teaching model to the community it serves.
Client California Department of General Services
Design Architect Bahr Architects
Location Porterville, CA
Scope Design Review, Construction Documentation, and Sustainable Design (LEED-NC Gold certified)
Size 29,000 square feet
Credits Photography by Michael Urbanek