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Robert A. Young Federal Building - Cafeteria
General Services Administration
St. Louis, MO

Location: 1221 Spruce Street
Completion: 2010
Area: 30,000 sq .ft.
Cost: $2 Million
Team Four Architects | 14 North Newstead Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, 63108 | phone 314.533.2200 fax 314.533.2203
This public cafeteria occupies a third (30,000 square feet) of the main floor of the Robert A. Young Federal Building. This was an ARRA (Stimulus) funded LEED Silver effort to upgrade and reduce energy consumption at the RAY Building. In order to allow the cafeteria to function during the renovation, a phased process and temporary servery were used.

The project includes the construction of a new dish washing room with an accumulating conveyor system as the first phase along with some dining room renovation. In the second phase, currently nearing completion, a temporary servery is in use and the main servery renovation is in process. This includes a completely new food service system of themed entre preparation and serving stations around the outside and grab and go stations in the center using space around the building's large concrete columns from its original construction as a warehouse. The third phase remodels the remaining dining room and replaces all kitchen equipment and exhaust hoods with energy efficient units. Mechanical systems will also be renovated to conserve energy as will the lighting systems.

The new lighting systems were designed for energy efficiency and ease of maintenance. Lighting appearance and levels were designed and adjusted using digital modeling of the space with optically correct lighting level information to create an accurate simulation of the renovated space. The visual theme of the new cafeteria builds on the recent renovation of the RAY Building's main lobby including colors, materials and shapes. Particular attention was paid to allowing for the food service vendor's need to install signage so that this aspect of the project would fit into the design rather than be in conflict with it or produce clutter. This required careful coordination with GSA's food service section in Kansas City and the national vendor.

Deliverables included an investigation phase report covering existing building mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and alternative food service concepts for application to the project. A section of the report and an important part of the overall design involved the determination of the construction phasing process to maintain the operation of the cafeteria. Detailed cost estimates, including food service equipment by Glore and Associates, were provided at each step in the process. Submittals at 30%, 60% and 100% plus bid documents were provided. Construction phase services include pre-bid and pre-construction meetings, submittal and equipment reviews, site visits and attendance at construction meetings. At completion the project close out will include scans of contract documents, as-built drawings, submittals and project documents to be provided to GSA on CD's.