Other Sectors

All commercial kitchens have a lot in common. Whether they’re situated in a corporate office or a correctional facility, the same care must go into layouts for labor efficiency, systems engineering, and sustainability. However, there are subtleties in each sector that can have a serious impact on design success. HOPKINS’ portfolio reveals how attuned our finished projects are to their settings within (1) cultural venues such as performing arts centers and museums, in (2) large and medium-sized conference centers and in (3) the most technologically-specific sector of jails and prisons.

Conference Centers

MIT, William Sloan School of Management

The Beyer Blinder Belle addition of a new penthouse floor, along with a complete gut-renovation of the Building E-52 conference center, will increase the number of events the building can host and the corresponding revenues gained. HOPKINS’ scope included renovation of a large production kitchen and a remote full-service bake shop, to which we added a third finishing kitchen on the penthouse level and catering pantries near all conference rooms.



The National Museum of African American History & Culture, the latest addition to the Smithsonian Institution. Philip Freelon and David Adjaye, winners of the international competition to design this new museum on the National Mall, have ensured that first-rate dining can be part of the visitor’s experience within their eye-catching edifice.

Jails and Prisons

Federal Bureau of Prisons

This $112 million design–build project with Arrington Watkins and AECOM houses 960 high-security inmates along with an adjacent minimum security component for an additional 128 inmates. HOPKINS also designed the laundry operation.