New food bank building beginning to take shape

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian social issues & neighborhoods reporter


photoA crane operator for Campbell Crane and workers with Anchor Concrete raise concrete tilt walls Thursday, as construction of the new Clark County Food Bank building proceeds. A total of 15 panels were erected at the site, with the heaviest weighing 80,000 pounds.

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Where before was a flat pad, now is a building — most of one, anyway. Workers with Campbell Crane and Anchor Concrete raised what are called tilt walls Thursday to form three sides of the new Clark County Food Bank distribution center.

Those walls are composed of concrete panels — 15 of them, the heaviest weighing 80,000 pounds — that were raised into place; the fourth, western wall will be framed because it’s where loading docks will go.

Food bank program manager Monty Zach said a late November or early December opening still looks likely, but construction costs are a little higher than expected, so the food bank wants to raise an additional $137,000.

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The new food bank building, at 6502 N.E. 47th Ave., will be 22,000 square feet and owned outright — replacing the 8,000-square-foot warehouse the food bank has long leased in Hazel Dell.