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/ John Muir Health Cafeteria and Coffee Bar

Ratcliff planned the new Café to be located just off the main lobby with corner windows to let in natural light and a view of the surrounding foothills. After studying the opposing nature of hot food off the grill versus cold salad/raw vegetables and ‘food-to-go’, the design concept of Fire and Ice was embraced, juxtaposing a warm color scheme with accents of cool colors and glass. To create a tranquil yet vibrant space, the design of the dining area features a variety of comfortable seating arrangements, separate rooms, and carpet to reduce noise. Rooms are revealed through large double doors which are held open for easy access. Even the large entry doors from both the main lobby and secondary staff corridor are held open to allow for easy access and improved way finding. In one of the main dining areas, large undulating banquette seating separates circulation and directs views out to a garden patio. A corner dining room was designed with flexibility to be closed off for meetings, complete with Audio Visual accommodations and a second smaller private dining room was also created for meetings, with computer infrastructure, workstations and a catering bar.

A separate coffee bar off the main corridor allows for queuing during peak hours and alleviates traffic in the main servery. In addition, this area can be closed off from other dining and used during restocking or after hours, providing sandwiches and drinks to go when the main servery closed.

A large center salad island is a focal point of the servery which emphasizes healthy food choices. Elimination of soda machines and accommodation of water and ice throughout the dining area marks a conscious effort to discourage consumption of carbonated beverages. Steamers, convection ovens and an open grill pepper the cooking line for fresh, made-to-order selections.


Walnut Creek, CA


13,000 SF


  • Design Bid Build


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Planning
  • Programming