Complete renovation of a 34,700 sf Dining Hall at Fort Myer used by senior Army, Navy, and Air Force officers and civilian personnel. Work included demolishing the existing dining facility, interior renovations, and installing equipment and furnishings including kitchen equipment and a conveyor system for dishwashing.
The interior fit-out was designed for high-volume traffic flow and included many design features such as unique architectural ceiling, storefront entry, à la carte area, turnstiles, coat check area, folding partitions to section the space, etc., and many high-end finishes including accent and “rope” lighting; signage, furniture (booths, tables, chairs, etc.), ceramic and quarry tile flooring, carpet, equipment mounts for televisions, and finishes.
Infrastructure renovations encompassed mechanical systems redesign including installation of a new, upsized chiller as well as electrical and fire protection systems engineering to ensure compatibility and integration with existing systems.
Since this was the main Post dining facility, services were required to be provided without interruption throughout the renovation. Gilford devised a phased renovation approach and provided temporary kitchen and dining facilities throughout the renovation in outside modular units.
Close coordination was required with the Dining Facility Manager as well as with building owner (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) throughout the project to ensure the needs and objectives of both entities were met. Also required strict attention to maintaining public safety and coordination with other government contractors, suppliers, and dining facility and food service vendors with respect to space utilization, logistical considerations, and other requirements.