Ferris State University


Big Rapids, MI


Education & Cultural: Colleges & Universities


Design: Architecture, Interior Design, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering

The Rock Cafe Renovation at Ferris State University

STV provided architectural, interior design and civil and structural engineering services for the complete renovation of The Rock Cafe at Ferris State University, transforming the facility from a traditional style cafeteria to a marketplace concept. The renovated cafe provides an integrated food production and dining experience with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and made-to-order preparation. Demonstrating this design concept is how the original back-of-the-house production was moved to several self-contained display cooking venues inside the dining area.

Sustainable elements include the exterior envelope, which was upgraded to include increased insulation and efficient glazing systems to reduce heating and energy costs. The southern façade includes extended canopies that provide shading during the hot summer months to decrease the cooling loads on the facility. Seating capacity was increased from 400 to about 640, including enclosed areas for small groups to meet.

Award Icon Project Recognition 

2010 Outstanding Design – Cafeterias/Food Service Areas
American School and University’s Educational Interiors Showcase