This HDR-designed hospital takes advantage of new technologies in food service equipment design to offer the perks of at-your-service, hotel-style dining to our nation’s military.
Keesler Medical Center
Hurricane Katrina gave this hospital the reason and the resources to upgrade its thirty-five-year-old, 18,000 square foot dietary department to bring it up and into the twenty-first century. Fortunately, because new equipment could be integrated into the existing utility infrastructure, the fast-track schedule was met to the satisfaction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
This new $25 million facility is the first of more than 20 State Department Bureau of Overseas Building Operations’ projects with HOPKINS that make use of various teams and an array of contracting methods. Built with ZGF on a hilltop overlooking the Bosporus, the new embassy is surrounded by a landscape planted with plenty of figs and grapes. No one goes hungry on this hill.
This Design Excellence project, won as a joint venture by The Kling Lindquist Partnership and RTKL in 1993, lasted for well over a decade. As the number of employees transferred into the facility grew to more than 6,000, so did the need for multiple food outlets, which today range in size from grab-n-goes to full-service cafeterias. The availability of five points of service keeps employees from traveling to local strip centers for lunch. The kitchen’s large catering area supports a full FDA event schedule.