Daily Table, a nonprofit grocery chain which provides fresh, convenient, and nutritious food to Boston-area communities whose residents often rely on SNAP benefits. The chain’s two-level 7,000-square-foot Roxbury location required the renovation of the first floor of an office building, with a goal of salvaging and reusing existing systems to create a healthy space that was cost-efficient to operate.
The project presented several special challenges related to being a strict budget-conscious renovation:
- Existing services could not be overloaded by the change in use from office to food store.
- Sprinkler systems needed to be adjusted for changes in hazard ratings.
- The donation of some equipment required design flexibility so that delivered items would work even if they varied from design assumptions.
- Mechanical systems needed to be designed in multiple configurations for possible replacement if funds could be obtained and/or reuse of existing if not.
- Plumbing waste systems were designed with alternates for vacuum type condensate systems in case destructive demolition during construction revealed obstructions to gravity drainage.
In addition, throughout the project the spaces above and below the store were occupied by local government offices, requiring minimal disruption to those tenants.