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Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank - Thousand Oaks, California

Staples Construction

Posted: November 9, 2022 | Projects

The Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank, founded in 1971, is an organization that provides food assistance within the Conejo Valley of Southern California. Originally situated in a small house measuring just 700 square feet, the organization subsists mainly off private donations and funding. As the needs of the community have grown throughout the years, Manna was in desperate need of more space and upgraded facilities to meet a growing demand for services. 

Photograph courtesy of Jeri Jones Photography

A new site was ultimately selected that included an existing church originally built in the 1940s. With help from the City of Thousand Oaks and other municipalities, a design team was assembled to strategically plan a facility that maximized efficiency, and construction began in June of 2021. The project included salvaging/renovating part of the existing church structure and adding a new warehouse and pantry facility to better suit Manna’s needs for administrative offices, a food pantry, and much needed added storage. 

The remodel and addition provided 7,076 square feet of space to be utilized as a food pantry — including a basement for storage. The facility features new mechanical equipment, electrical service, accessible restrooms, and a service ramp. A new material lift was installed in the storage area to enable easy transport of food from the basement to the food pantry above it. Exterior improvements included a new courtyard, landscaping, parking lot, and sidewalks. 

One of the most unique differentiators of Manna’s system is the integration of a “grocery store” style experience for its patrons — allowing them to pick what items best suit their family and lifestyle. Refrigerators and freezers with glass doors were put in for fresh and frozen food options, along with aisles that allow families to come in and walk the space together, selecting what they need. This space is stocked by volunteers of the organization and is open every Tuesday and Thursday to serve the community. 

At the grand opening of the new facility, Manna President Darin Arrasmith and Executive Director Leanne Portzel emphasized the importance of a building that was constructed to serve the needs of the organization, rather than inhabiting a space built with another purpose in mind. “We wanted this building to be around for a long time. It was built for one use, and it will always be here for that use,” Arrasmith states. Edgar Thatcher, Facilities Manager, was quick to thank the project team and the “army of volunteers” who support Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank each and every day. 

Today, Manna serves over 20,000 people annually, and that number continues to grow. Construction of the facility was a collaborative process of all stakeholders sharing a common goal to take care of those in the community who need it most. Staples Construction is proud to have been part of this overall effort.

General Contractor & Cost Estimator
Staples Construction
1501 Eastman Avenue, Ventura, CA 93003

Lauterbach & Associates
300 Montgomery Avenue, Suite C, Oxnard, CA 93036

Structural Engineer
Vinci & Associates
175 E. Wilbur Road, Suite 103, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Electrical Engineer
JMPE Electrical Engineering
627 Olive Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Mechanical Engineer
Jaycocal Engineering
232 N. Lake Avenue, Suite 217, Pasadena, CA 91101

Civil Engineer
Delane Engineering
2812 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 206, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Location: Thousand Oaks, California
Date Bid: Oct 2020
Construction Period: Jun 2021 to Jul 2022
Site: 0.33 acre.
Total Square Feet: 7,064
Building Sizes: Basement, 1,731; first floor, 4,038; second floor, 1,295; total 7,064 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 10'9"; first floor, 9'; second floor, 23'10"; total, 42'7".
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, wood frame/stucco.
Roof: Asphalt shingle, membrane.
Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall, metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the November/December 2022 issue of DCD