Looking Back: University of Texas Medical Branch

August 2009 – August 2015

In 2008, The University of Texas Medical Branch – located in Galveston, TX – was devastated by Hurricane Ike. With its deadly winds, high tides, and heavy rain it caused severe flooding to the kitchen facility and was ruined. The University, which also serves as a health care facility, needed to continue food service operations for its students and patients so it turned to Kitchen Corps.

In 2009, Kitchen Corps provided a 3,100 sq. ft. full service mobile kitchen facility and after 1 year of use, Kitchen Corps provided a much larger 15,000 sq. ft. kitchen facility to accommodate with increase demand. The 15,000 sq. ft. facility included:

  • Production Kitchen
  • Catering Kitchen
  • Dishwashing Area
  • Walk-In Coolers
  • Walk-In Freezers
  • Thawing Coolers
  • Temperature Controlled Receiving Area
  • Dry Storage Space
  • Offices
  • Restrooms
  • Break Room
  • Decks & Ramps
  • 2 Loading Docks w/ Dock Lifts


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Construction on their new permanent facility was complete in August 2016. During its use, the temporary kitchen provided great support to the facility and to the food service company, Morrison’s Food Service. Manager Allen Pemberton wrote a note to CEO Glenn Therrien personally thanking him for the temporary kitchen.

“I want to thank you for the facility and support you provided for our team in the aftermath of the destruction delivered by Hurricane Ike in Galveston. The layout and design of the temporary kitchen exceeded expectations and provided the platform needed to offer patient and retail meals to a campus with over 9,000 people, in an organized and consistent manner. Galveston also provided a wide array of weather related challenges that put a continual stress on building structures, equipment and personnel alike. I appreciate your responsiveness in providing the necessary support to maintain the facility and provide creative solutions to meet the challenges that we faced. While I hope I never find myself in the aftermath of another destructive hurricane, if I do, I will be sure to give you a call. Thank you.”

Allen Pemberton

Morrison Management


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