April 26, 2019

Jean Augustine student designs community teaching kitchen for food bank

​When the Seva Food Bank decided they wanted to construct a community teaching kitchen for their clients, they enlisted the help of Jean Augustine Secondary School. The initiative was presented to Simar Mangat, a grade 12 student by her teacher, Royce Li, whose hospitality classes partners regularly with Seva Food Bank to prepare meals for their clients. Together, Simar, her instructor Scott Currie and food bank coordinators collaborated to design a kitchen within just a matter of one week. Using Simar's kitchen plans, the design was carried through to construction, which spanned over the course of a few months.

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The food bank was looking to construct a space that allows them to expand their services, which may include using the kitchen for after school programs, second career re-training, culinary workshops, community kitchen space and more. ​

"The design and construction of our community teaching kitchen at Seva Food Bank is our biggest capital project to date. It has the potential to impact hundreds of our food bank clients for the better," says Rasheeda Qureshi, executive director at Seva Food Bank.


"In previous years of using this software and experimenting with architectural design, I've worked on projects designing an outdoor courtyard, a classroom, a bedroom and more. However, the design of the food bank kitchen challenged me to consider the functionality of the space for a business, as well as introducing factors like plumbing and suitable appliances," said Simar.

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Simar has been enrolled in technological design classes for the past three years, exploring a variety of disciplines, including architectural design. Together, Simar and food bank coordinators brainstormed to design the layout of the kitchen within a week.

The process involved the use of computer-aided design (CAD) tools, such as the Revit software, producing 3D renders for visual representation of the space using Keyshot, and adhering to the specifications of electrical appliances and the space to meet building codes.

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"We're all very proud of Simar and her work with Seva Food Bank. We're also very thankful to our community partners for recognizing the talent and value of our students and providing them with opportunities to put their knowledge to practice," said Royce Li, teacher at Jean Augustine.

"Simar was exceedingly helpful at getting many versions of our floor plans created. Her prompt and accurate turnaround of scaled drawings of the kitchen layout helped us keep our construction project moving forward. Now our kitchen is complete, thanks in no small part to Simar's contribution," said Rasheeda.​

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