After the Bank purchased a building near its landmark KPF-designed headquarters, the Studios architectural firm hired HOPKINS to insert a full-service cafeteria on a particularly short floor. The new building’s cafe had to be at least as good as the one at headquarters. Challenge met! With extraordinary engineering skill, HOPKINS shoehorned the full-service cafeteria into the space. The client was delighted.
University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
For the new Kohn Pedersen Fox building, HOPKINS designed a small cafe in the atrium’s winter garden to serve students that commute in the evening as well as full-time students during the day. A colloquium kitchen supports events whether catered by the cafe operator or by commercial enterprises.
The Academies sold its historic building to move into the World Trade Center 7, the first building to replace the fallen towers. The finishing kitchen was to support New York Academies events and be used by outside organizations as well, with the idea that the space could be rented as an income generator for the organization. The Academies asked HOPKINS to perform a City-wide RFP search for the ideal caterer. The two-month process involved multiple site visits, tastings and interviews and resulted in finding a fulltime operator, rather than a part time caterer. The chosen operator brought the advantage of being able to market the venue to outside groups as well.
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.