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104 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • APRIL 2017 facility design p r o j e c t o f t h e m o n t h sandwiches, for example, have been a big hit with the students and are practically flying off the shelves," Knight says. More students are also selecting healthier choices due to the new placement of the salad bar. "It's positioned so it is the first station hungry students pass when they walk into the cafeteria," Knight says. "So there is an increase in the number of students who take a salad with their meals." Team members welcome the renovation as well. "The cafeteria has a more spacious feel and is much more effi- cient," says Stacy Fish, who was Linn-Mar's kitchen manager during the renovation and stepped into the nutrition services manager position upon Knight's retirement. "We have more storage, so everything team members need for certain tasks can be in one place. They love the efficiency." Team members also appreciate the inclusion of a cleaning trough for the trays, which helps speed cleanup tasks. The Design Process The high school remodel project began in 2014 and went through 2016. The 59-year-old Linn-Mar High School serves grades 9 through 12. With enrollment of 2,200 at the start of the 2016-17 academic year, the school is one of the largest high schools in the state. "Initially, the kitchen was not a part of the remodel, but the need was apparent and additional funds became available," Knight says. Once the decision was made to remodel the dining program, Knight, Fish and Rick Ironside, executive director of support services, started the process of determining the dining project's design. Two outside partners came on board at that time: Eric M. Beron, AIA, LEED AP, principal at DLR Group, an integrated architec- tural and interior design firm, and Luke Green, contract and design specialist at Rapids Foodservice Contract and Design, based in Marion, Iowa. Beron was involved in the building renovation, and Green worked with Knight to observe the serving lines and find solutions to the traffic flow problems well before funds were made available for a complete remodel. Design for the entire building began in October 2014; the foodservice project design started in late October 2015. All documents and drawings were completed in January 2016. The contemporary dining room features the school colors and offers options for small and large groups and students on the go. Photo courtesy of DLR Group KEY PLAYERS ● Owner: Linn-Mar Community School District ● Executive Director of Support Services: Rick Ironside ● District Nutrition Services Manager: Susan Knight (she retired Jan. 31, 2017) ● High School Kitchen Manager During the Project and Current District Nutrition Services Manager: Stacy Fish ● High School Nutrition Services Manager: Chrystal Heneisen ● Architect and Interior Design: DLR Group, Des Moines, Iowa; Eric M. Beron, AIA, LEED AP, principal ● Foodservice Consultant: Rapids Foodservice Contract and Design, Marion, Iowa; Luke Green, contract and design specialist ● Equipment Dealer: Rapids Foodservice Contract and Design, Marion, Iowa ● Construction: Garling Construction, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Brian Mumby, project manager