Something’s Cooking at I.T. Bookman!

Swinerton’s San Francisco/East Bay group has seen tremendous success in recent years—securing Swinerton’s position as the premier residential builder in California. The success of the group, however, has been shadowed by a dramatic increase in the displacement of residents and non-profit organizations in the city. The group was compelled to use their expertise for good, so they contacted Rebuilding Together San Francisco (RTSF) and asked what they could do.  

The City of San Francisco’s Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) was one of the catalysts for the I.T. Bookman kitchen remodel. He came upon the project while promoting a city-funded, earthquake safety rebate program at I.T. Bookman, a non-profit organization that provides multipurpose space for the Ingleside, Merced Heights, and Oceanview community. Founded in 1985, its mission is to provide enriching programs and activities for all age groups. It also has partnerships with the Department of Aging and Adult Services, and the Stonestown YMCA.

Edna James, a prominent volunteer at I.T. Bookman and President of the San Francisco Commission on Aging, teaches vital cooking skills and nutrition to seniors at the center, but their kitchen was in need of significant repair.

That’s when the city’s CRO contacted RTSF and Swinerton for help. The project was the first commercial kitchen remodel for RTSF and a great match for Swinerton to contribute its commercial project expertise.

Swinerton Superintendent Brian Perloff orchestrated the 600-square-foot, commercial grade kitchen remodel, and secured approximately $65,000 in donated equipment that was all National Sanitary Foundation approved. The donated equipment included a three-compartment sink, preparation sink, hand sink, grease trap, mop sinks, stainless steel tables, storage shelving, faucets, mop holder, refrigerator, and freezer. The construction also included a partial demolition to update the plumbing to accommodate the new equipment. More than 600 hours of donated labor built this project. The initial project kick-off was in June 2016 and completed on April 28, 2017.

Swinerton is deeply grateful to I.T. Bookman and RTSF for their contributions to the community, and to the subcontractors who generously donated their valuable time and equipment to make this remodel a success.

Special thanks to Swinerton’s own Patrick Otellini and to Brian Perloff for all of their hard work in managing this project.