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.


Chef Paul Adair dreamed of opening his own restaurant in the Jackson, Miss., area near where he grew up. In 2019, he found a location in a space previously occupied by a high-end restaurant in the Fondren Place neighborhood, which offers shopping, restaurants, art galleries, eclectic architecture and charming homes.

A retirement community in Oregon elevates the traditional independent senior living experience.

Guests entering the Orange County Convention Center’s renovated West Building receive visual clues that something out of the ordinary is taking place.

This renovation blends a foodservice and grocery market concept and also creates a large halal-certified residential dining facility.

Eight microrestaurants greet customers at Ball State University’s North Dining complex. Open to students, faculty, staff and visitors, this marketplace-style dining venue primarily serves 2,000 residents living in four large residence halls near the dining facility.

A new dining hall opens new vistas for students, faculty and staff at The Thacher School.

Bay St. Louis, a quaint seaside city in southern Mississippi, recently welcomed Thorny Oyster, an upscale seafood bistro and bar in the new Pearl Hotel. The restaurant’s focal point, a display kitchen, allows guests to watch culinary staff create Southern-style menu items ranging from bouillabaisse and red snapper amandine to seafood plateaus.

An all-you-care-to-eat dining commons and a retail cafe offer students myriad new menu and seating options.

California Polytechnic State University (more commonly known as Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, Calif., welcomes the new 3-story, 35,400-square-foot Vista Grande Dining Complex. The first level contains two retail concepts, along with a registered dietitian’s office. The facility’s second level, Vista Grande Dining Pavilion, houses a campus dining hall offering six microrestaurant concepts, each with its own identity, and a production kitchen. Administrative offices and a large meeting room occupy the third level.

Oklahoma City welcomed a new convention center in January 2021, nine years after design began. The $288 million project was funded by the Metropolitan Area Projects Plan 3 (MAPS 3) capital improvement program in Oklahoma City. MAPS 3 uses a one-cent, limited-term sales tax to pay for debt-free projects.

MetroHealth Main Campus Medical Center, Cleveland

From its inception, the design of Aba in Austin, Texas, called for 75% of its seating outdoors.