Designer: INVISION; Starbucks
Project Size: 4,200 sq. ft.
When Drake University and their food and facilities management company reached an agreement to continue their relationship, they decided to take action on several immediate upgrades to food facilities on campus. One of these upgrades was to a coffee shop in the Olmsted Center.
“At this particular location, we sold Starbucks coffee but it was not a licensed Starbucks location,” said Kelly Foster, Business and Insurance Manager at Drake. “The new agreement with Sodexo gave us the opportunity to bring in an actual licensed Starbucks. We worked with Starbucks to redesign the space and create the much-needed coffee and open table area for students, faculty and staff on campus.”
After recently completing the Drake Relays Meet Operations remodel and the HVAC renovations at the Quads residence halls together, Drake engaged Story Construction to complete the Starbucks and corresponding grease interceptor projects to bring the facilities up to code. Story’s Small Projects Group carried out most of the work at the Starbucks build-out.
“We had really solid communication with the team throughout the project,” Foster said. “The whole team worked extremely hard together. This project once again needed to be finished in a short time line, so success really depended on working together, and they were able to do that.”
The Starbucks and grease interceptor projects were completed ahead of schedule and a few days after classes began for fall semester.