A new staff café within walking distance of a plethora of foodie options for employees of Discovery Communications’ world headquarters gives them a home of their own. DCI's goal in commissioning this project was to create an aesthetically pleasing cafeteria that reflects positively on the Discovery brand while satisfying their employees’ need for a place to grab a quick breakfast or lunch. Mission accomplished.
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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.
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.
Because poor diet and obesity are causal factors for various forms of cancer and many other diseases, when the National Cancer Institute, was given an opportunity to plan its first in-house cafeteria, they took the project very seriously. HOPKINS was brought in to perform an extensive planning effort. NCI wanted to provide an environment in which visitors and staff could make optimal food choices, model behaviors that reduce risk for cancer and other diseases, and increase wellness. The healthy choice was to be the easy choice.
The New York Times. Construction of the newspaper company’s latest home meant that, in place of the antiquated cafeteria and executive dining room, a new and improved foodservice system could be designed not only to serve as an exciting gathering place but also as an in-house conference center, which would save thousands of dollars in off-site event fees. During a three-month planning study, HOPKINS conducted extensive interviews in every department of the Times company to learn its culture and needs before we prepared the comprehensive predesign foodservice plan.
Since 2011, HOPKINS has been working on and off with Pritzker Prize winner Maki and Associates and FXFowle Architects to provide the United Nations with planning options. Maki’s design incorporates a dramatic setback with a green roof that contributes to the ambiance of the dining room with its stunning views of Manhattan and a roof garden. The Consolidation Building is to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Dickstein Shapiro moved into International Square on K Street in Washington, D.C. An aspect of the renovation of the space formerly occupied by the IMF was to gut and redesign its cafeteria. This in-house cafeteria needed to compete successfully with a large public food court on the ground floor. To maximize the benefit of the Dickstein Shapiro foodservice system, HOPKINS was asked to lead the search for a full-time operator. When the project was in full-swing, the client expressed its delight that the entire spectrum of employees from top attorneys to admin assistants at Dickstein Shapiro enjoyed dining together for the first time. The cafeteria successfully changed the culture of the firm.
The Corporate Executive Board is an association of the highest executives of Fortune 500 companies who meet in Washington, DC several times a year to discuss their issues and earn from each other. In the Foggy Bottom home for many years, Susan Cage was the caterer of choice who brought the kind of high-end gourmet meals that their illustrious members were accustomed to. When they decided to make the move to an I.M. Pei designed building in Roslyn, Virginia the CEB included a staff cafeteria, designed by HOPKINS with Gensler. Towards the end of the design process, CEB asked HOPKINS directly to lead the process of identifying a high-end operator which could manage both the in-house cafeteria and the member events.
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.
Despite the nearby presence of the American Museum of Natural History, with its large and popular cafeteria, NYHS asked HOPKINS to explore the feasibility of an in-house restaurant of its own as part of a renovation project. The restaurant was to be designed as a modern version of an automat, both to serve staff and to enhance the visitor experience. In addition to the design, HOPKINS conducted a study to help assess whether such a restaurant could break even.
At the request of the Washington, D.C., health department, HOPKINS performed a thorough survey of the condition of the Bank’s foodservice equipment and identified possible health code violations. The extensive study was completed within a week and was received equally well by the Bank and the city’s health department.
During the design of a new laboratory building, the client questioned the need for in-house foodservice. To answer this question, HOPKINS was asked to perform a campus foodservice study. The report identified all locations of foodservice and made a recommendation regarding including another café in the new HOK designed lab building.