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Facility Design Project of the Year

The Facility Design Project of the Year recognizes the best of the Facility Design Projects of the Month and is selected based the quality of the design and execution and its ability to meet the operator’s goals.

Browse the articles below or click here for a list of past winners.

2014 Facility Design Project of the Year FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, Bloomington, Minn.

Part of the Radisson Blu, FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar sits adjacent to the hotel's ultramodern lobby and just a skyway away from the Mall of America, a 520-store shopping facility that draws 42 million visitors annually. The first hotel directly connected to the Mall of America, the Radisson Blu serves as a refuge for people visiting the mall. The hotel also attracts guests attending meetings and other events that occur on this property.

2014 Facility Design Project of the Year: Honorable Mention: Durrell Dining Center and Durrell Express at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

Customization brings new flavors and menu variety to the food-concept platforms at this all-you-care-to-eat marketplace.

2014 Facility Design Project of the Year: Special Recognition: The Culinary and Conference Center at Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, Ind.

Students have an opportunity to learn their trade on state-of-the-art equipment situated on two tower floors and in a penthouse suite.

2013 Facility Design Project of the Year: First Honorable Mention: Crossroads Café and The Shack At William Jessup University in Rocklin, Calif.

Multiple microrestaurant platforms and neighborhood dining options offer customers menu variety, entertaining display cooking and a uniquely designed, energetic interior that promotes interactions within the college community.

2013 Facility Design Project of the Year Second Honorable Mention: Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Elmhurst, Ill.

Replacing an aging facility, the multiplatform Wildflower Café features culinary variety while room service offers patients a restaurant-style, on-demand food delivery system.

2013 Facility Design Project of the Year: University of Wisconsin Madison—Union South

Six microrestaurants expose customers to preparation techniques for various cuisines and give staff an opportunity to run their own establishments. As a result, dining services continues to make a significant contribution to the success of this $94.8 million multipurpose facility, earning the highest honor in FE&S' Facility Design Project of the Year competition.

2012 Facility Design Project of the Year, Honorable Mention: Q on the Riverwalk at Hyatt Regency, San Antonio

Our judges were impressed by the innovative design elements, including altering equipment to look more like furniture; attention to detail in developing the cookline; and the creative blend of form and function introduced in this $3.5 million renovation that debuted as Q on the Riverwalk at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio in November 2010.

2012 Facility Design Project of the Year, Honorable Mention: Café 5555 at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz.

The complex addition of a 23,000-square-foot kitchen and cafeteria at 17-year-old Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz., was part of a $290 million expansion project that included a 200-bed patient tower.

2012 Facility Design Project of the Year Metropolitan State Hospital’s Central Kitchen and Satellite Rethermalization Kitchens in Norwalk, Calif.

This $30.5 million facility replaced a problematic operation with a practical central kitchen with flexible production systems that can grow as the population increases, earning it the highest honor in FE&S' Facility Design Project of the Year competition.

2011 Facility Design Project of the Year: Braiden Dining Center at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo.

The approach to practical, creative and flexible layout, as well as attention to energy-efficient equipment and recycled materials, earns this renovation of a 45-year-old dining hall recognition as FE&S' 2011 Facility Design Project of the Year.

2011 Facility Design Project of the Year, Honorable Mention: Vince Carter’s in Daytona Beach, Fla.

By paying attention to every detail, this multi-venue restaurant creates an inviting atmosphere for guests and an efficient workplace for staff.

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