A collaborative approach to foodservice design.
Kasier- Los Angeles Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente’s Rejuve(n)ate Café is a popular place to eat and a welcome retreat for staff, visitors, and patients. The façade of the Café unified the appearance of five city blocks to buildings to create a sense of place and changed the visual perception of the medical campus.
The design brings people into the open, sunlit space of the Café, which makes it both a destination and a natural crossroads for the busy pedestrian routes through the campus. At approximately 1,800-square feet, the servery and 400-seat café offer a dramatic first impression along Sunset Boulevard adjacent to the main hospital, which is a big change from the old usage of this space pre-renovation: a medical records storage.

“We have over 5,000 employees, 2,000 doctors, hundreds of volunteers, and many thousands of patients, spread over nearly two million square feet of space. Our primary goal was to create a special place for all those people. We wanted a café that was so special that people would say being there was really a nice part of their day.”

Mark Costa – Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

Exhibition cooking, an uncommon service model for a busy hospital, takes place at clearly accessible food stations. Wholesome food, in alignment with the long-running Thrive Campaign, is prepared fresh and offered individually to clientele.

  • Pre-Design Phase
  • Programming
  • Concept Design
  • Design Phase
  • Program Verification
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Construction Documents
  • Plan Check
  • Construction Phase
  • Bid Review
  • Construction Administration
  • Commissioning
Project Data
Los Angeles, CA
Year Completed
Building SF
Foodservice SF
Foodservice Cost
$1.6 M
Total Seats
Population Served
Construction Type
Design Process