SAINT FRANCIS HEALTH SYSTEM
The renovation at Saint Francis Health System’s hospital in Tulsa was a collaborative effort between the hospital, the architectural firm – Studio Eles and Rippe Associates. The redesign process incorporated the latest industry trends, implementing modern and efficient designs to promote menu variety, flexibility, and workflow improvements. The redesign not only enhances the customer experience for patients and visitors but also provides a more comfortable and inviting environment for the staff.
The project initially began as a master plan aimed at revitalizing the retail foodservice at the basement level of a multi-story hospital tower. The plan went through revisions and additions, resulting in a phased retail renovation. At first, it encompassed a section of the existing servery, but as the first phase was being designed several other projects were added on. These included a salad/bowls station, catering area, coffee shop, and the physician’s lounge.
The goal of the project was to modernize the space while maintaining its existing footprint and offering more variety to staff and visitors. One of the project challenges included working with low ceilings conditions, this restricted the ability to modify the exhaust hoods or their locations, as they extended through multiple floors of the hospital. The use of existing hoods required creative yet functional station designs.
The project also involved a complex phasing process to ensure parts of the serving area remained open during construction. The dining room was completed first to showcase the future space and generate excitement among guests, despite limited food offerings during the construction phase.
Key pieces of equipment included a rotating stone hearth oven for pizzas, which introduced a new concept to the space. This allowed the food and nutrition team to expand their menu and enhance the quality of their products. In order to support the hot food and bowls station, ventless combi ovens and grills were used, as adding more exhaust hoods was not feasible. The project included unique refrigerated and dry bakery cases to match the hospitality themed aesthetics.
Rippe Associates is proud to be a part of this significant hospital renovation project that serves the community and the healthcare industry. The teamwork and camaraderie of the operator and design team has led to several additional Saint Francis partnerships including the addition to the South campus, renovations at Muskogee, Warren clinic and Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital and a new Cancer Center
Equipment Cost: $1,800,000
Dining Area: 4,270 SF
Coffee Shop: 1,788 SF
Physician’s Lounge: 1,430 SF
“frk has had the good fortune to with Rippe Associates for more than 20 years on many projects together. Our focus is the K-12 market and we have always appreciated the deep knowledge base, attention to detail, and extensive experience the team at Rippe Associate provides for educational design. We have also greatly valued the professional, yet personal approach, their designers take with our clients. When working with Rippe, we are always confident the project will be a success!”
Thomas C. Wollan, AIA, LEED AP
Partner at frk architects + engineers
“When it comes to dietary planning, Rippe is always first on my list when team building. They have a strong understanding of all the issues, are creative problem solvers, and are consistent with their execution.”
Daniel J. Rectenwald, AIA, ACHA, NCARB
Vice President, Principal at HGA
"The development of Elmhurst Hospital’s replacement campus was complex. The Rippe team supported our vision to transform healthcare foodservice. The result was exceptional reviews from our patients and staff, along with a facility that supported efficient operations."
David E. Reeves
Past President of the Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF)
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