Porter Consulting Foodservice Planning & Design

Johns Hopkins Hospital

PKC was the lead foodservice consultant on the design of a brand new 30,000 sq. ft. central production kitchen at the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus.  Opened in Spring 2012, this kitchen supports all patient meal services as well as foodservice retail outlets located throughout the hospital complex, which totals approximately 12,000 meals per day. The new kitchen also includes a bakery and cook chill facility.

Some of the challenges associated with the project included the need to build up the floor 16” in order to provide utilities and drainage since this was an existing building. Building the floor up meant that the ceiling height had to be reduced which in turn created additional challenges with speccing equipment. PKC worked closely with the refrigeration manufacturer to identify manifold equipment that needed to be located at the walk-ins. One of the biggest challenges was operational; how to get finished product from the central kitchen to its final destination. The PKC team worked with JHH and cart manufacturers to find a cart that would work on their tug line. Several test runs were conducted and JHH modified their systems to determine what could be transported well and what couldn’t be.

“Your experience in the institutional foodservice industry and your ability to listen and respond to the design challenges that an institution of this size and stature presented, are greatly appreciated,” said Mark Geppi, Project Executive Facilities, Design and Construction. “Your attention to detail and understanding of our operational and patient care needs have proven to be a success. The Central Kitchen was  a major component of the New Clinical Building Project. The 30,000 square feet of state-of-the-art, foodprocessing and meal preparation areas that you designed are now producing over 12,000 meals a day for patients, staff and visitors.”

Projects & References

Brigham Young University Idaho
College of Saint Benedict
Concordia College
Ferris State University
Johns Hopkins Health Systems
Montcalm Community College
St. Bonaventure University
San Jose State University
SUNY Cortland
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Richmond
University of New Hampshire
Wellesley College

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