University of North Dakota – Memorial Union

This $80 million state-of-the-art student union was designed to replace a 60-year-old facility and serve as the campus’ living room. One of the project’s goals was to create a new home for the campus bakery, which had previously been housed in an antiquated warehouse. The scratch bakery was built with the catering section in mind, sharing production and storage space. The combined space included ware washing, dry and refrigerated storage, as well as catering offices and employee spaces.

The main floor of the new Union building features the centerpiece of student spaces, which includes seven unique food options. Chick-fil-a, Panda Express, the 1883 Grill, Dakota Deli, University Avenue (brick oven) Pizza, Express Convenience Store, and a full-sized Starbucks are among the diverse culinary options available. With the advent of kiosk and phone-based ordering systems, these cashless venues were designed to complement the student experience with efficiency, speed of service, and menu flexibility.


Location: Grand Forks, ND
Opening Date: 2021
Equipment Cost: $3,000,000
Project Size: 156,000 SF


Production Bakery
Catering Production Kitchen
Convenience Store
Multiple in-house and franchise food concepts with centralized support space, banquet support spaces.

“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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