The Rock Cafe Renovation at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI)
STV provided architectural, interior design and civil and structural engineering services for the complete renovation of The Rock Cafe at Ferris State University. The firm's design transformed it from a traditional style cafeteria to a marketplace concept, which provides an integrated food production and dining experience with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and made-to-order preparation. For the design, the original back-of-the-house production was moved to several self-contained display cooking venues inside the dining area. Sustainable elements include the exterior envelope, which was upgraded to include increased insulation and efficient glazing systems to reduce heating and energy costs. The southern façade includes extended canopies that provide shading during the hot summer months to decrease the cooling loads on the facility.
Seating capacity was increased from 400 to about 640, including enclosed areas for small groups to meet. A new full-service retail convenience store features made-to-order pizza.