Facility Design Project of the Month

Foodservice Equipment and Supplies’ editors examine the workflow, efficiencies, concept expression, design, décor, and equipment and supplies packages that comprise some of the foodservice industry’s latest and greatest projects in this award-winning monthly feature.

Flexible Design a Home Run at Impact Field

Impact Field — a new ballpark in suburban Chicago and home of the Chicago Dogs, an independent minor league baseball team — brings a new dimension to the entertainment district in Rosemont, Ill. The team played its first home game at Impact Field on May 25 of last year.

Renovating for Enrollment Increase and Staff Efficiency at Edna Rowe Elementary School

Students and foodservice staff at Edna Rowe Elementary School in Dallas started the new 2018–19 school year with a renovated kitchen, servery and dining room. “The entire foodservice operation is more efficient for the staff, who prepare and serve food to more students through the new serving lines with greater ease and in less time than they did before the renovation,” says Michael Rosenberger, executive director of Food and Child Nutrition services at the Dallas Independent School District (ISD).

The Refuge Steakhouse & Bourbon Bar Features a Casual-Elegant Dining Experience

Located in a cluster of restaurants and businesses that share a courtyard, The Refuge Steakhouse & Bourbon Bar offers a casual-elegant dining experience and features wood-fired steaks, seafood and pastas. “We also feature the largest bourbon selection in North Houston and the friendliest service that you just can’t find anywhere else in town,” owner Mark Zientek says. In addition to the on-site restaurant operations, off-site catering constitutes nearly 30 percent of the restaurant’s business.

New Building, Kitchen and Cafe Invigorate Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, also called the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), embarked on a major construction project to enclose its assorted buildings and bring them into a connected network. Its foodservice facility, designed more than 40 years earlier, had long outgrown its kitchen facilities. “The mission in creating a new cafe and kitchen space was to make a more robust cafe, with a kitchen and all relevant storage immediately connected, that could support a healthy, sustainable community with growth,” says David Davidson, managing director for Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS).

Rebuilding Patient and Retail Foodservice at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago

Featuring high-level integration of scientific research and patient care in a rehabilitation hospital, the 17-month-old Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago strives to inspire and promote healing. The $550 million, 27-story rehabilitation center comprises 1.2 million square feet, including 800,000 square feet devoted to clinical care and research.