“It is always a rewarding project,” says Margaret Krohn CKD, ASID, Faculty Century College. “We design the kitchens and other spaces to be more functional for the staff and residents. They buy site homes integrated into neighborhoods. We have many items donated for the spaces that need work, such as flooring, countertops, appliances, etc., and are grateful to have sponsors such as Innovative Surfaces. Innovative Surfaces does a lot for our Kitchen and Bath Design program as well.”
Century College is a local community college with highly regarded Kitchen and Bath Design Program, accredited by the NKBA.
“We feel strongly about the goodwill of this organization and the impact it has on the lives of those who otherwise may not be able to afford such modifications to their homes
says Kellie Akins, Marketing Manager, Innovative Surfaces. “The project provides us a platform to work along with, and gain exposure to, students working to receive certification in the Kitchen & Bath industry.”
This year’s design project consisted of the kitchen and medical/work area. This area is where the staff can store and prepare all medications for the residents. There also is a desk for the residents to use. The kitchen design provided a peninsula for the residents to use for various activities, including entertaining, when the residents’ families come to visit. The students each had their own design for the space, as a part of their final project for their Basic Kitchen and Bath Design class. Students also presented their project and ideas to the Homeward Bound representatives. The team at Homeward Bound then selected the components they liked from all of the designs, and final kitchen plans were drafted. The students at St. Paul College built and installed the cabinetry.
Innovative Surfaces, located at 2620 Industrial Court Hastings, MN 55033, is a wholesale selection center open M-F 8 am to 4:30pm, by appointment. Visit them online at http://www.innovativesurfaces.com.
Homeward Bound is a non-profit organization that houses severely disabled individuals, with around-the-clock caregivers. Photos of the kitchen remodel can be seen here.