Looking Back – 20’ Custom Container Kitchen Build

KCI was approached by National K Works, a manufacturing company in Huston, TX looking to acquire a small yet semi-permanent food service facility to provide meal options to their staff. Known for our 48’ and 53’ semi-trailer kitchens and large multi-unit facilities – small wasn’t something KCI was accustom to but with our company motto, “the difficult we do right away, the impossible takes a bit longer” we knew it was a challenge we were willing to accept.

Immediately, we knew that a Container Kitchen would be the best option for the company. From the very first phone call we were determined to not only build a container kitchen the company had imagined but to exceed their expectations. National K Work’s representative, Scott Kerley and Kitchen Corps’ Inc. Designer, Brandon Weldon worked closely together to determine equipment specifications and requirements and decided on a layout that would benefit National K Work’s the best.

“The 20’ Container Kitchen I designed was the first of its kind for our company. There were many hurdles with fitting everything the client wanted in the small space and going through the necessary permit process, but that was what made this design & build so fulfilling. It was definitely one of my favorite designs I have done thus far in my career and I was honored to be a part of the process from the very beginning to the moment the Container Kitchen was turned over to the happy client.”

Brandon Weldon – KCI Temporary Kitchens Designer

KCI purchased a 20’ shipping container and immediately began gutting and manufacturing the new custom kitchen. The 20’ Container Kitchen included:

  • (1) 36” Charbroiler
  • (1) 6 Burner Range w/ Standard Oven
  • (1) 40 Lb. Deep Fryer
  • (1) 2’ Door Reach-In Cooler
  •  (1) 24’ Prep Table
  •  (1) 5’ Prep Table
  • (1) 36” Dry Storage Cabinet
  • (1) 3 Compartment Sink
  • (1) Hand Sink
  • (1) Mop Sink
  • (2) Water Heaters
  • (1) 8’ Hood System
  • (1) HVAC System
  • (1) Supply Fan
  • (1) Exhaust Fan

The design, build, delivery, and set-up were all performed and coordinated by KCI. The container kitchen was delivered to National K Works in early 2013 and is still being used today to feed staff.

Container Kitchens Custom Build     Container Kitchens Custom Build

Container Kitchens Custom Build     Container Kitchens Custom Build

Since the build KCI has added several other container kitchens to our 60+ temporary kitchen fleet and those container kitchens have provided temporary food service all over the United States.

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At KCI Temporary Kitchens, our experts understand how important it is for your business to have a kitchen runs continuously. We provide only the best for temporary commercial kitchen rental to ensure your company can keep running flawlessly.

Let us worry about setting up and installing your custom cold storage trailer, mobile kitchen trailer, or any other temporary kitchen you might need! Need to purchase equipment to keep?

We also offer a service for equipment sales to ensure you get the parts and equipment you need for your company! With capabilities to feed anywhere from 90 meals per day to 9,000 meals, in facilities ranging from 480 sq. ft. to 15,000 sq. ft. and beyond, KCI Temporary Kitchens has the solution for you.

When your searching for Container Kitchens Custom Build look no further than the temporary Kitchen experts at KCI, Inc for all of your temporary Kitchen needs.

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