Our Progress

We are on our way to fulfilling our mandate of a new purpose-built facility to house the Airdrie Food Bank's programs and services.


Progress Updates

Landscaping, Signs & Moving in!

Signs & landscaping

Signs installed

Landscaping

Landscaping

Aug 18 - 22, 2014 - Blue Grass Nursery planted trees, shrubs and sodding. Our building signs were installed and we moved in!

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New Building is Ready!

New Building

Warehouse

Aug 11, 2014 - An updated view of our new buiding from the front and warehouse.

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Outfitting our Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen

Aug 8, 2014 - Our Community Kitchen has a new commercial grade fridge and range.

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Inspection Stage

Fire Inspector

Aug 1, 2014 - Inspector Russ McKeage of the Airdrie Fire Department is all smiles as he completes his inspection of our new building.

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Final Stages

Front Reception

Community Kitchen - south view

Community Kitchen - north view

Warehouse

July 28, 2014 - The new building is close to complete. Photos above show (top to bottom) the front reception, community kitchen (south and north view) and the warehouse. Final work is now being done and then we are on to the inspection stage.

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Ceilings, Lights and Plumbing

Boardroom - lights and doors installed

Lights in Warehouse

Hallway - doors, lighting, signage

Bathroom plumbing

July 21, 2014 - Ceilings, lighting, fans, interior doors and signs have all been installed throughout the building. Plumbing has been installed in the kitchens and bathrooms.

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Existing Building is Sold!

Old Building Sells

July 16, 2014 - Lori McRitchie, Executive Director, signs paperwork with Martin Durocher, Realtor and Volunteer, on the sell of our existing building.

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Flooring Complete

Flooring in Reception Area

Flooring in Community Kitchen

Flooring in hallway upstairs

July 10, 2014 - Flooring is completed on both floor office areas and the community kitchen.

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Flooring Installations

Flooring in Boardroom

Flooring on main floor

Flooring on stairway

July 7, 2014 - Flooring is being installed on all floors in the office spaces as well as stair wells.

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Painting

Painting reception area

Painting Boardroom

Painting Hallway

July 2, 2014 - Painting commences - doors, trim, reception area and boardroom.

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Doors Installed

Doors

Reception Doors

June 27, 2014 - Interior doors are being installed throughout the building. The photos show interior doors as well as double doors at the front entrance.

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Railings

Railings

June 26, 2014 - The railings throughout the interior have been completed. This shows the railings going to the second floor.

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Carpentry Work

Reception

June 20, 2014 - The carpentry work throughout the building is progressing. Here is Cheryl, our Intake Worker, checking out her new desk.

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Patio

Patio

June 20, 2014 - The patio and planters outside of our Community Kitchen is ready for us to use. We are sure going to enjoy sharing this in the summer months.

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Electric Lift Arrives

Electric Lift

June 20, 2014 - Our new electric lift has arrived. Special thanks to Ryan and Jim of Horizon Glass and Mirror who donated the lift to us.

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Gift of Planters

PlantersPlantersPlanters

June 16, 2014 - Volunteer Jim Hallworth designed and built planters and seating structures for our patio. Thank you so much!

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Front Reception Desk

Front Reception

Front Reception

.June 16, 2014 - Front reception desk and cupboards are being installed.

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Boardroom

Boardroom

.June 16, 2014 - Boardroom cupboards are being installed.

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Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen

.June 13 - 16, 2014 - Community Kitchen cupboards are installed.

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Coolers & Freezers

Cooler & Freezer

Freezer

June 13, 2014 - Our new freezer's doors were installed today.

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Painting Begins

Primer

June 12, 2014 - Interior walls have now been primed for painting.

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Driveway Paving

Driveway

June 12, 2014 - We are having our driveways paved today.

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Drywall Installation Completed

Drywall Installation Completed

Drywall Installation Completed

June 9, 2014 - Drywall installation, mud and taping are in the final stages on both floors.

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Sidewalks Poured

Sidewalks Poured

June 4, 2014 - Sidewalks poured today.

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Railing Installation

Railings installed

Railings installed

May 22, 2014 - Mezzanine railings installed.

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Coolers and Freezers

Freezer & Coolers

May 22, 2014 - Preparing for installation of our new freezers and coolers.


Drywall Installation

Drywall Installation

Drywall Installation

May 15 - 22, 2014 - Drywall installation in the front lobby.

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Drywall Installation

Drywall Installation

Drywall Installation

May 7, 2014 - Drywall installation begins in both floors.

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Clean Up & Drywall Delivery

Clean up team

Drywall delivery

May 2, 2014 - Clean up and preparing for drywall, which was delivered today.

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Electrical & Plumbing

View from warehouse

April 4 - May 2, 2014 - Work continues on electrical wiring and plumbing rough in as well as other interior work.

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Front Entrance

Front entrance desk

March 28 2014 - The front entrance reception desk is being framed in.

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Plumbing & Electrical

Plumbing & Electrical

Plumbing & Electrical

March 21 2014 - Electrical wiring and plumbing rough in work begins.

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Framing Inside

Framing Inside

Framing Inside (second level)

March 14 2014 - Working on completing the framing of the first and second level.

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Framing Inside

Framing Inside (second level)

March 6 2014 - Working on second level joist and completing the first level. Photo shows view from second floor.

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Framing Inside

Framing Inside

February 27, 2014 - More wood arrives and first level continues to take shape.

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Framing Inside

Framing Inside

Framing Inside

February 24, 2014 - Work begins on first level walls.

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Checking the Plans

Framing Inside Begins

Framing Inside Begins

Wood delivered

February 20, 2014 - Wood arrives and framing of the inside of our new building can now begin. Lori consults with Frank, our Framing Contractor on room sizes.

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Concrete Floor
Poured

Concrete poured

February 12, 2014 - Concrete floor is poured.

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Floor Prep

Floor Prep

February 5, 2014 - Construction worker are preparing the floor for concrete.

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Heating Inside

Heating Inside

January 20, 2014 - The building is enclosed and now being heated so that interior work can begin. Once the ground is no longer frozen they will pour the cement floor. You can see part of our current office building on the right hand side.

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Warehouse Doors

Warehouse Doors Installed

December 30, 2013 - The warehouse doors have been installed. The building is close to being completely enclosed.

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Gas line Installed

Gas line installed

December 16, 2013 - The gas line has been installed ensuring service to our existing building, warehouse and the new building. Following that the furnace was installed on the roof.

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Brick Trim

Brick trim

November 22, 2013 - The brick trim is now in place at the front of the building. The next few weeks will be focused on getting the utilities in place.

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Handing Over
the Keys

Keys handed over

Lori's new office

November 14, 2013 - Top photo - Project Manager, Rob Fraser hands keys to Executive Director, Lori McRitchie. Bottom photo - Lori enjoys the view from her new office. Also read article on Discover Airdrie.

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Peak Inside

Peak inside - client area and office space upstairs

Peak inside - warehouse space

November 14, 2013 - Checking out the interior of our new building. The top photo is the future client area (first floor) and office/board room (second floor). The bottom photo is our future warehouse.

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Bricks Delivered

Bricks delivered

November 13, 2013 - Brick for trim have been delivered and will be installed in the coming week.

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Windows & Doors

Windows & Doors

Windows installed

November 7, 2013 - Windows and doors are installed this week. The building will soon be completely enclosed.

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Grading & Utilities

Grading & Utilities

October 25, 2013 - There is much work on grading and installing various utility lines this week.

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A 360 View of Progress (Video)

October 11, 2013 - A look at our new building's progress while driving around the lot. You can see the construction of the new building as well as the existing Airdrie Food Bank building. The truck backing into the building is delivering gravel as a base for the floor.

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Trim and Borders

Trim & Borders

Trim & Borders

October 7, 2013 - The blue and grey trim and borders add a nice look to the new building. In the top photo, you can see the existing Food Bank on the left hand side.

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Underground Services

Underground Services

Underground Services

October 1 - 4, 2013 - This week saw all types of machinery working away at getting our underground services in place.

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Roof Installed

Roof Installed


September 30, 2013 - We have a roof! The top picture shows the back of the building where the future loading dock and warehouse will be. The bottom picture is the front of the building where the main entrance will be.

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Prefabricated Walls Erected

Pre-fabricated walls - Sep 27

Pre-fabricated walls - Sept 23

September 23 - 27, 2013 - The prefabricated walls arrived and workers were hard at it erecting the massive structure. Also see article and video on Discover Airdrie.

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Metal Frame Installed (Video)

September 19, 2013 - The metal frames are being installed in the new building. You can see our existing building with the new building being built right behind it.

Metal Frames Installed

September 18, 2013 - The metal frames are being installed in the new building. You can see our shed on the right side. The building is being built right behind the current food bank building.

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Metal Frames Delivered

Metal Frames Delivered

September 13, 2013 - The metal frames were delivered to support the walls.

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Foundation Poured (Video)

September 6, 2013 - Concrete is poured which will be the new building's foundation.

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Foundation Walls

September 5, 2013 - Construction workers put walls in place for the new building's foundation.

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Footings Poured (Video)

August 29, 2013 - Cement trucks were there pouring cement into the footings for the foundation of our new building.

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Building Ordered

August 27, 2013 - Board Vice President Marie Lauer signs a cheque to pay for the building shell. We are expecting delivery within a few short weeks.

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Breaking Ground

Construction Begins

August 21, 2013 - Immediately following the Ground Breaking Ceremony, the bulldozers were there breaking ground!

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Ground Breaking Ceremony

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Ground Breaking Ceremony

August 21, 2013 - The moment we have been waiting for has finally come. Thank you to everyone who came out to our Ground Breaking Ceremony for the New Airdrie Food Bank!

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Foundation Permit approved

Foundation Permit approved

August, 2013 - We have our Foundation Permit in place, so we can begin construction of the foundation.

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Building Permit coming soon

Building Permit pending

July, 2013 - Our Project Manager and Architects are working hard to get everything in place in order to obtain a Building Permit. We expect it to be completed this summer.

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Development Permit Approved

Development Permit approved!

May, 2013 - Our Development Permit Application was submitted to the City of Airdrie back in February and we now have approval to proceed!

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Community Initiative Launched

Airdrie Home & Lifestyle Show

April 27/28 2013 - We launched our "It Takes a Community to Build a Food Bank" initiative at the Airdrie Home & Lifestyle Show. For more information on this campaign, please see Get Involved.

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The Beginning

Staking out the new Food Bank

April 22, 2013 - This may look like an empty field with a simple white stake in the ground but to us it's the beginning of a dream. The white stakes show the location of the new Airdrie Food Bank, which will be located directly behind our current building at 20 East Lake Way.

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Milestone Celebrated

April 11, 2013 - Media, dignitaries and VIP helped the Airdrie Food Bank celebrate reaching 60% of the funds needed for their new building. The fun evening was located in the state of the art kitchen at Pratts Food Services, a loyal supporter of the Food Bank. Bruce Daniels was MC and background music was performed by Lou Rye.

Four local chefs prepared "KD Gourmet" a tasty and unique food creations made out of food bank ingredient Kraft Dinner. Chefs included Nash Visram of Fine Balance Catering, Michael Pyne of Killarneys Irish Pub, Amit Arora of The Woods and Frosso Tzigalanis of Paros on Main.

 

KD Gourmet Award Chef Amit

Winner of the KD Gourmet Champion 2013 was Chef Amit of The Woods who created pizza KD.

The event provided awareness to the fundraising effort as well as the opportunity to say a special thank you to those who have contributed so much towards our new building.

Also see article in DiscoverAirdrie, Airdrie City View and photo album in Facebook.

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Rendered Drawing Unveiled

Jim Noble & Martin Durocher

March 2013 - Jim Noble, Forsite Construction Management Inc. & Martin Durocher, Airdrie Food Bank Building Committee helped us unveil the rendered drawing at our AGM.

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Development Application Submitted

Development Permit submitted

February, 2013 - Our Development Permit Application was submitted to the City of Airdrie. We are waiting for final approval at this time.

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Capital Campaign Cabinet Members

Capital Campaign Team

L to R: Reg Hihn, Dan Oneil, Gill Vincent, Pat Cashion, Shane Ferguson & Sherry Jenkins

September 2012 - Capital Campaign Cabinet selected and met for first time. Plan to approach leadership gifts initially.

 

Name Role
Dan Oneil Building Fund Campaign Chair
Pat Cashion Member of Leadership Gifts Committee
Reg Hihn Member of Leadership Gifts Committee
Gill Vincent Campaign & Community Gifts Chair
Sherry Jenkins Communications Team Chair
Shane Ferguson Internal Gifts Chair
Vincent Duckworth Fund Developer Consultant
Lise Blanchette Board President
Lori McRitchie Executive Director

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Project Manager / General Contractor Secured

Lise & Lori signing contract

June 2012 - Lise Blanchette, Airdrie Food Bank Board President and Lori McRitchie, Executive Director signed the agreement to secure Forsite Construction Management Inc.

Forsite

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Capital Campaign Plan Completed

Duckworth & Associates

December 2011 - Capital Campaign Plan was completed by Vincent Duckworth of Duckworth & Associates.

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Best Use Site & Building Study Completed

Gibbs Gage

June 2011 - Gibbs Gage Architects completed a Best Use Site & Building Study.

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