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Our Neighbor’s Table

Our Neighbor’s Table

Amesbury, Massachusetts

In early 2015, Merrimack Design began working with Our Neighbors’ Table to evaluate the feasibility of converting a former retail store, laundromat and dry cleaning establishment into a new facility to support their mission. We are providing assistance with space programming, architectural design services, preparation of construction documents and construction administration.

The project scope of work entails alteration of approximately 5000 square feet of an existing one-storey retail building and conversion into a new facility comprising food distribution and storage, food pantry and administrative offices for Our Neighbors’ Table (ONT). ONT is a private, nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1992 with a mission to provide nourishing food, kindness and dignity to needy residents of the towns and cities of northern Essex County, Massachusetts.

Our Neighbors Table- kickoff meeting
We gathered at our studio for the formal contract signing with the Executive Director and Construction Committee Chairman representing Our Neighbor’s Table, the Contractor and the very generous project sponsor. A delicious catered lunch prepared by the ONT chef was served.

Our Neighbors Table- groundbreaking
Here we are at the ground breaking with (from left to right) the ONT Board Chairman, the Demolition Subcontractor, the General Contractor, Architect and ONT Construction Committee Chairman. 11/20/2015

The roof has been removed and little remains of the existing storefront buildingThe roof has been removed and little remains of the existing building. 12/10/15

New exterior wall framing has begun to support the new raised roof structure.New exterior wall framing has begun in order to support the the new raised roof structure. 12/17/2015

The new roof structure and steel supporting columnsThe new roof structure, supporting masonry and steel column. 1/7/2015

New poured concrete floors slabsNew poured concrete floor slabs. 1/14/2016

New rubber roof installationNew rubber roof installation. 1/21/2016

New interior partition framing at the pantry entranceNew interior partition framing at the pantry entrance. 2/17/2016

Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EFIS) and aluminum storefront window installationExterior Finish Insulation System (EFIS) and aluminum storefront window installation. 2/17/2016

The panelized walk-in refrigeration assembly is in process after gypsum wall board installation.The panelized walk-in refrigeration assembly is in process after gypsum wall board installation. 3/10/2016

The building as it stands on March 18th. The sheet metal work including the parapet coping, loading door canopy and awnings are in fabrication and awaiting installationThe sheet metal work including the parapet coping, loading door canopy and awnings are in fabrication and awaiting installation. 3/18/2016

A Hard Hat Tour was held on April 7th to provide supporters an opportunity to have a sneak peek of the project as the construction work nears completion.

The work is on schedule to be completed by May 1st and  the new Jardis Taylor Center for Our Neighbors’ Table will start up operations on May 15th.

The Construction Committee Chairman describing the food pantry layout to guests during the hard hat tour. The new walk-in refrigerator and freezer display doors are in the backgroundThe construction Committee Chairman describing the food pantry layout to guests during the hard hat tour. The new walk-in refrigerator and freezer display doors are in the background.

The project sponsor, capital campaign donors and Our Neighbors' Table staff posing with spoons for the "Spoon Patrol", a new fundraising campaign that will recognize donor contributions with spoons that will be displayed in the new facilityThe project sponsor, capital campaign donors and Our Neighbors’ Table staff pose with spoons for the “Spoon Patrol”, a new fundraising campaign that will recognize donor contributions with spoons that will be creatively arranged and displayed in the new facility.

ONT Opening CeremonyThe official opening ceremony of the Jardis-Taylor Center for Our Neighbors’ Table on May 24, 2016 with State Representative James Kelcourse, Building Committee Chair John Massaua, Benefactor Greg Jardis, and a representative for State Senator Katy Ives.

01ccc9bede5efae09d976b8a16802023050286f8e9The Shipping and Receiving area

0108965c753ed1ab2f7cf66e80f474fc64bbf5bc96Staff and guests touring the new Food Pantry

01902413c9a4c140a1261c4e155cef38932b5a52e0The Distribution Warehouse

0183fcda2e175a23c4c8f6ecb18aacc98309efec15The Administrative Offices

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