February 18, 2021

Contributing Expert: Stanya LeMay | Senior Account Manager

School Meal Programs Impacted by the Pandemic

As the coronavirus continues to keep many parts of the country shut down, schools have no choice but to remain closed in efforts to keep the virus from spreading. While stay-at-home orders are keeping students and staff safe, they are also resulting in low participation in school meal programs. In-person learning can be substituted with online classes, but there is no virtual replacement for meal programs.

Read More



February 8, 2021

Contributing Expert: Susie Krings | Senior Design Manager 

Making the Most of Outdoor Dining Spaces 

In the COVID-19 era, outdoor spaces provide an escape. 

According to the CDC, "you are less likely to get or spread COVID-19 during outdoor activities. Look for seating options that are outside and have proper ventilation of outdoor air."

Whether it's outdoor dining areas or outside lounge space, outdoor environments are transforming from trend to the new norm as the pandemic pushes on.  

Read more



September 14, 2020

Contributing Experts: 
Nikki Ojer | Creative Director
Stanya LeMay | Senior Account Manager

School of the Future: Design for Safer School Environments

As the pandemic continues, schools find their short-term solutions may not be suited for long-term use. Many districts are coming up with new design plans for remodeling the cafeteria and surrounding areas to combat the current pandemic while staying prepared for any potential future virus.   

Middle school educator, Angela Keyzers, touches on the importance of design guidance and the need for long-term solutions.

Read more



August 14, 2020

Contributing Expert: Mike Shell, Elkay Commercial Systems General Manager, North America

The Importance of Handwashing During a Global Pandemic

The role of handwashing has always been a vitally important aspect of health and the prevention of transmitting germs, bacteria, and viruses to other surfaces and individuals.

According to the CDC, “Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. CDC recommends cleaning hands in a specific way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.”

Read more



August 28, 2020

Contributing Expert: Charles Welch | Manager, Hospitality

The Rise of the Grab-and-Go Trend

Grab-and-go options have been part of hotel design in various forms for quite some time. The prevalence of options is a function of whether the hotel is full-service or select-service. In the full-service segment, there is an incentive to have guests sit and consume food or beverage in the onsite restaurant(s) rather than grabbing something on the go.

Read more



July 17, 2020

Contributing Expert: Nikki Ojer | Creative Director

Lobby of the Future: Hospitality Design Shifts

As we continue to travel through the unknown landscape of COVID-19, perspectives are continually shifting. There is much uncertainty surrounding both short and long-term solutions to keep guests and staff safe in public environments.

Read more



July 3, 2020

Contributing Expert: Stanya LeMay | Senior Account Manager

The Future of Education Environments: Schools Moving Forward

As schools plan for reopening this fall, they are faced with new problems: how to keep the students safe from COVID-19 or any future virus. While there is not enough time to tackle each area of a school, we can provide advice on food delivery and how to social distance seating in the dining areas and classrooms.

Read more



June 18, 2020

Contributing Expert: Kenneth Lau | Senior Director Operations, Asia-Pacific

Shipping Container Drive-Thrus Reintroduced

Initially making a debut in 2011, the shipping container design concept is starting to resurface around the world due to the fast timeline to produce and install onsite. It is much quicker than constructing a stick-built store or restaurant. 

Read more



May 27, 2020

Contributing Experts:
Nikki Ojer | Creative Director
Amanda Hills | Interior Designer

Let’s talk materials.

When a pandemic occurs, it changes how a space functions and how customers and employees interact within it. Safety and protection become more essential attributes rather than comfort and style. A person may start to question how we can enter the space and be protected and feel comfortable. What is the hazard assessment for the space? 

Read more