Built to replace an aging and undersized facility, the new The West Texas Food Bank Odessa Facility is sized to double both the amount of food distributed and the number of personalized client services offered. The WTFB also requested a low maintenance, yet high performing facility that was equally welcoming to their client as it was unique to West Texas.

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The new facility includes a warehouse which will serve to collect, sort, process, store and distribute millions of pounds of food a year. Volunteers have no worries about child care. A large playroom including a play structure and safety surface are provided for their children while they assist the food bank in sorting incoming donations. To be able to serve the clients directly from this facility, a two-story building is attached to the warehouse. This building has a commercial demonstration kitchen and client pantry, along with a community room used for both educational purposes and meeting space. This facility also serves as the headquarters for the West Texas Food Bank and includes executive offices and the West Texas Food Bank boardroom, which overlooks the demonstration kitchen from the second floor.

Recycled materials are unique features of this project. The facility harvests rainwater into an above-ground cistern, so the collected water can be used to water the vegetables in the raised garden planters. One of the signature features of the building is the use of the color green, which represents both freshness and hope. The green is also used as a wayfinding device for visitors and pieces of recycled green glass were placed into the sealed concrete floors.

“The WTFB staff and leadership are visionaries with unwavering commitment to their community,” said project architect RJ Lopez. “Their excitement and persistence for this project was contagious. The stories behind the clients that they serve and our ability to improve their clients experience while accessing quality food was a constant source of inspiration throughout the process. Being a part of this project was a true blessing for Parkhill Smith & Cooper. We are committed to building community in our area and would be hard pressed to find a community organization more in line with our commitment to the area than the WTFB.”