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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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