This project consists of renovating and updating an existing 40 year old kitchen and serving area in order to provide customers and employees with a more pleasing environment. Creating a non-institutional setting was the main goal of renovating the cafeteria. The food-serving areas in the new cafeteria are organized in food-court-style specialty stations, offering different styles of cooking and dishes. Finish combinations were changed at each serving station to create an individual identity for each location. The general finishes in the space are warm and rich with wood tones and coordinating colors and materials to invoke an up-scale feel and relate to the image of the fresh, healthy food that will be served.
Another desire of this renovation is to provide an open and spacious design. The existing structure of this portion of the building has very low structure which does not allow high ceilings. Therefore ceilings were pushed as high as possible where mechanical ductwork is not required and “floating cloud” ceilings are placed where need to conceal mechanical ductwork.
The project is being completed in two main phases. The first phase will be to complete the temporary servery which will provide prepared meals and grab and go menu items. This phase will allow for the current servery and kitchen to be shut down to allow the renovation. The second phase of the project is to renovate the existing servery and kitchen. The result is a cafeteria that has a warmer, more appealing atmosphere for the patrons it serves.
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