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Innovative Surfaces Assists with Homeward Bound Project

Posted on 11 July 2017 by cradmin

unnamed (1)For the seventh consecutive year Innovative Surfaces in Hastings/Minneapolis has donated the granite countertop fabrication and installation for the Homeward Bound project, in conjunction with Century College kitchen and bath design students. Homeward Bound is a nonprofit organization that houses severely disabled individuals, with around-the-clock caregivers. Century College students design the spaces and then the students at St. Paul College do the carpentry work, build cabinets and install.

Century College is a local community college with a highly-regarded Kitchen and Bath Design Program, accredited by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

For this year’s project, Innovative Surfaces installed an 81-sq.ft. Artisan Stone Collection granite kitchen in Golden Sparkle.

“We feel strongly about the goodwill of this organization and the impact it has on the lives of those who otherwise may not be able to afford such modifications to their homes,” says Kellie Akins, co-owner, Innovative Surfaces. “The project provides us a platform to work along with, and gain exposure to, students working to receive certification in the Kitchen & Bath industry.”

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Fabricator Profile: Innovative Surfaces

Posted on 08 April 2014 by cradmin

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Innovative Surfaces, headquartered in Hastings, Minn., has been serving commercial and residential clients as a granite, solid surface and quartz fabricator in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area for more than 30 years and is now a multimillion-dollar business. The company was founded by Bruce Akins, who is still president, while his son Todd Akins is now the production manager and has been with the company for 22 years.

Both father and son proclaim that much of their success can be contributed to the practice of constraint management. They believe that streamlining production hinges on identifying bottlenecks: the points in the fabrication process where works begins to back up. Todd explains that the bottleneck for natural stone is the CNC machinery, and the bottleneck for solid surface is sanding.

Constraint management is used by Innovative Surfaces for multiple purposes. Bruce and Todd believe that it is the most useful tool they have for creating installation schedules, but they also use it to fine-tune the pricing for each job.

 

Read more of this fabricator profile here: Innovative Surfaces

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Innovative Surfaces Donates Countertops for Homeward Bound

Posted on 03 July 2013 by cradmin

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For the fourth consecutive year, Innovative Surfaces in Hastings, Minn., has donated the granite countertop fabrication and installation for the Homeward Bound project, in conjunction with Century College. Homeward Bound is a nonprofit organization that houses severely disabled individuals, with around-the-clock caregivers. Century College Kitchen and Bath Design Students design the spaces and then the students at St. Paul College do the carpentry work, build cabinets and install. Architectural Granite & Marble provided the granite countertop slabs  for the project.

“It is always a rewarding project,” said Margaret Krohn CKD, ASID, faculty at Century College. “We design the kitchens and other spaces to be more functional for the staff and residents. They buy site homes integrated into neighborhoods. We have many items donated for the spaces that need work, such as flooring, countertops, appliances, etc., and are grateful to have sponsors such as Innovative Surfaces.  Innovative Surfaces does a lot for our Kitchen and Bath Design program as well.”

Century College is a local community college with highly regarded Kitchen and Bath Design Program, accredited by the NKBA.

“We feel strongly about the goodwill of this organization and the impact it has on the lives of those who otherwise may not be able to afford such modifications to their homes said Kellie Akins, marketing manager for Innovative Surfaces. “The project provides us a platform to work along with, and gain exposure to, students working to receive certification in the Kitchen & Bath industry.”

This year’s design project consisted of the kitchen and medical/work area. This area is where the staff can store and prepare all medications for the residents. There also is a desk for the residents to use. The kitchen design provided a peninsula for the residents to use for various activities,  including entertaining, when the residents’ families come to visit. The students each had their own design for the space, as a part of their final project for their Basic Kitchen and Bath Design class. Students also presented their project and ideas to the Homeward Bound representatives. The team at Homeward Bound then selected the components they liked from all of the designs, and final kitchen plans were drafted.

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