“Before and After the Install” is a new series highlighting shelving installations in a variety of foodservice operations. Find the previous article in the series here.
When construction of a new, larger walk-in cooler was completed in the commissary kitchen at North Monterey County Unified School District in Northern California, Sarah Doherty, Director of Child Nutrition, knew she needed a fresh take on shelving. With the larger capacity cooler, Doherty wanted to get away from wire shelving that too often rusted and left her in danger of non-compliance with the health inspector.
On the day of the install, Batad and a crew of three from Doherty’s staff worked to assemble the Premium Series starter and add-on units. Batad showed the staff how to assemble the first unit, then they went to work building the rest. Batad finished up by levelling each unit, and checking that all traverses and post connectors were installed correctly.
The staff was amazed at how quickly and easily the install went – the work was done in just an hour and a half. “The factory-assembled post frames made the this go really fast,” Batad said.
The following week, school was in session, and the shelving was finally put to the test. With double the space, Doherty had to figure out a new system for organizing the ingredients they use for scratch cooking in the district. But overall, she was impressed with the ease of assembly and excited about the opportunities the new cooler and shelving would bring to her district.