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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.

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.

2011 Facility Design Project of the Year, Honorable Mention: Table 31 Italian Steakhouse and Plaza Café in Philadelphia

Located in the Comcast Center in Philadelphia's Center City area, Table 31 was a "bear" to build, according to Chris Scarduzio, chef/owner of Signature Restaurant Group, which leases the space. That's because the building's original design lacked the necessary components for a restaurant.

2010 Facility Design Project of the Year: Live! Market at Indiana Live! Casino in Shelbyville, Ind.

This colorful, marketplace-style foodservice facility with display-cooking equipment, retail displays and a pay-at-the-end POS system brings a fresh concept to Indiana’s first land-based casino.

2010 Facility Design Project of the Year, Honorable Mention: Paresky Commons

An extensive $20 million renovation of this 1930s building at Phillips Academy, a residential secondary school in Massachusetts, provides a new foodservice operation in Paresky Commons. The judges felt the project thoroughly addressed the challenges of renovating such an old space and resulted in a well-integrated design with a sensible flow.

2010 Facility Design Project of the Year, Honorable Mention: Hub 51

In their first restaurant venture, brothers R.J. and Jerrod Melman (sons of Richard Melman, founder of multiconcept operator Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises) created HUB 51 in Chicago’s River North area. Still in their 20s, the brothers wanted HUB 51 to draw customers in their age group yet appeal to a wider demographic.

2009 Facility Design Project of the Year: The Ram's Horn at the Commons, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

Merging function and form, this university's marketplace-style dining operations provide a front-line and back-of-the-house showcase for equipment and supplies.

FE&S Facility Design Project of the Year List of Past Winners

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