New York Academies of Science

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.

Related Work

Design

Discovery Channel

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.

Design

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.

Operator Selection

Corporate Executive Board (CEB)

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.