Facility Design Project of the Month

Each month, FE&S spotlights a project worth talking about, with in-depth coverage from concept through completion including a kitchen equipment floor plan.


The remodeled Ventanas on the University of California San Diego campus is located in the Eleanor Roosevelt College building. It features five platforms — the team behind the project uses the word “nodes” — dedicated to cuisine inspired by the African Diaspora, as well as India.

Visitors exploring the James B. Beam Distilling Co. in Clermont, Ky., begin and end their campus journey at The American Outpost, one of three newly renovated buildings on the property. At the end of their tour, visitors can enjoy cocktails and food at The Kitchen Table, a full-service restaurant and bar that is a focal point of a five-year upgrade project to the 400-acre campus.

How to make a dream come true? Edwin Bosso, Myrtle Consulting Group’s CEO, and his wife Edith wanted to open a restaurant and bar in Houston’s River Oaks Shopping Center, and they wanted it to equal the finest restaurants they had experienced while living in Paris.

The Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center (RCSC) brings all components of hospitality management education together under one roof at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.

Interlachen Country Club (ICC), a private country club 10 minutes southwest of Minneapolis, answered its members’ desire for a casual dining option by developing restaurant and bar complements to the more refined clubhouse dining experience.

The design team’s objective was an ambitious one: to create a dynamic and multifaceted dining experience very different from an old building’s outdated foodservice.

The original cafeteria built in 1959 at the private Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, N.J., needed revamping. The all-boys student population in grades 9 through 12 needed a place to not only find contemporary menu items but also enjoy them in a more modern and brighter environment conducive for mingling.

Dining has become a defining feature at what is set to transition into the West Coast’s largest community of life science companies and research institutions.

The driving force behind the renovation of Selleck Food Court at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln (UNL) began as a revisioning of the dining center into a community space for students, faculty and staff.

Since its inception in 1966, MidAmerica Nazarene University has had a dining area but never a student center. In 2016, this private university in Olathe, Kan., changed the course of its history and created a heart of the campus.

The Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) is regarded as one of the oldest botanical gardens in continuous operation. Founded in 1859 and a National Historic Landmark, MBG is a global leader in plant science research and science education.

With a growing number of student admissions and a subsequent increase in on-campus housing needs, the University of California San Diego created a new community to meet demand.

The owners of Four Winds Casino wanted to expand its gaming to accommodate more guests at peak times. Casino leadership also wanted guests to have a multiday experience that included staying at the hotel and visiting the restaurants and spa. In addition, a conference center was added to accommodate businesses and groups to host meetings and other events.

Recently, the citizens of Austin, Texas — the Live Music Capital of the World — saw the need for a world-class arena with the capacity to host musical artists, sporting events and more.