The project, which is located in a 1960’s era development with a slab-on-grade foundation and steel, wood, and CMU walls, converted a former post office into a public market. A change of use permit was secured so that the project could move forward. Funding for the project was a combination of city, foundation, corporate, and individual donations. Many of the project consultants committed to working pro bono or below market rate.
As the general contractor, BCCI worked closely with the client, architect, and design-build MEPS subcontractors on programming and constructability to reduce overall construction costs, especially with the location of foodservice equipment and exhaust hoods in relation to points of connection. On the building’s exterior, damaged storefront windows and doors were replaced. Inside, the existing interiors were entirely demolished; the existing slab was saw cut to install new plumbing and electrical, a new mechanical system was installed, new walls were constructed as well as new finishes. Additionally, the building was upgraded to meet current ADA accessibility requirements.
The project was near completion when construction was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Crews eventually remobilized and finished construction under enhanced safety protocols. The new food hall has a shared main kitchen, seven food kiosks operated by graduates of the La Cocina program, and ample seating in the public dining area.