Facility Design Project of the Year

Recognizes the best of the Facility Design Projects of the Month; selected based the quality of the design and execution and its ability to meet the operator’s goals.

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The all-you-care-to-eat central dining facility at the University of California, Merced, serves as a critical link between old and new campus buildings. The functional, productivity-driven space almost resembles a kitchen turned inside out, maximizing student connections with the food experience.

The historic Montgomery Ward Company Complex in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, now known as 600 West Chicago, has hosted many tenants in its 113-year history. Two years ago, Sterling Bay, a Chicago-based real estate investment and development firm, spent more than $12 million to bring the beauty of this 1.6-million-square-foot landmark property’s original features back to life while also modernizing some of the shared spaces.

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies named Pavilion Dining Center, University of California, Merced the recipient of its 2021 Facility Design Project of the Year Award.

A thoughtful and thorough execution of a plan supports the property’s overarching mission.

Montana State University takes another leap into foodservice excellence with Rendezvous Dining Pavilion.

Jefferson Marketplace's  stand-out features include a one-stop shop for customers, this dining operation transformed an outdated all-you-care-to-eat dining hall into a multifaceted retail and grocery operation with an educational component.

Rebuilding patient and retail foodservice at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago offers patients and guests a dining experience that contributes to patients’ rehabilitation and sense of well-being.

Menu authenticity and unconventional brand identity support Microsoft’s core goal of enhancing the employee experience.

Successfully replacing an inefficient operation, the new kitchen, catering support kitchen, residence hall serveries and retail operations transform the student experience.

With an emphasis on healthful menu items, this all-you-care-to-eat, renovated dining hall features micro-restaurants offering display cooking and self-service.