Redwood Empire Food Bank - Linda Herman Consulting

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Redwood Empire Food Bank


Non-profit, Renovation
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Project budget: $10.9M
Project size: 60,000 sq. ft.
Project schedule: Completed April 2013
Client: Redwood Empire Food Bank

Primary responsibilities:

  • Coordinate selection of design team and general contractor
  • Coordinate/manage programming, design, documentation and construction phases
  • Develop and manage project budget and schedule
  • Oversee the entitlement process; liaise to government agencies
  • Coordinate and conduct Building Committee meetings
  • Provide monthly updates to the Board of Directors; attend Board meetings as required

Project Goals/Challenges:

  • Establish effective decision-making protocols and participation of various stakeholders
  • Create a functional, dignified, intentional, educational and inspiring environment for both staff and clients
  • Maximize design opportunities within the parameters of the capital campaign budget
  • Achieve project schedule in light of unforeseen external circumstances
  • Adjust scope of project in order to align construction costs with fundraising

Having outgrown their current facilities, the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) purchased a 60,000 sq. ft. warehouse building in Santa Rosa, which required extensive complex renovations. LHC successfully assisted REFB from beginning to end—selecting the team, guiding them through the decision-making process, and establishing and managing the project budget and schedule.

As with all non-profit organizations, we established a process for decision-making that appropriately engaged the Building Committee and Board of Directors, keeping them well-informed and allowing the team to stay on track to meet the project’s design, budget and schedule goals. Late in the process external circumstances created unforeseen budget and schedule challenges. LHC managed late value engineering measures in order to meet a reduction in the construction budget by 30%. Working very closely with the general contractor and architect, LHC helped to strategize construction and move-in activities in order to overcome the schedule challenges and to meet the client’s deadlines. The project came in on budget and the client moved in on time.


Architect: Jackson Liles Architects
Contractor: Wright Contracting

Photographs © Eric Rorer

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