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University of Maine Farmington

Farmington, ME

Our team partenered with the operator and University of Maine Farmington to help implement both of their goals. These included transforming a tired, under utilized dining space into a location where students would want to hang out  — The Beaver Lodge. In addition, they wanted to infuse local flare and improve sales participation. These have been achieved since the project was completed in February 2017.

The elite | studio e team conceptualized the design, created construction documents and budgets, specified and provided equipment and furniture, and lead the building of this snack bar, lounge, micromarket and juice barl concept. Despite weather not being on our side and the remote location (the campus is approximately 2 hours from the airport), it was still a scheduling success. Two highlights of the Beaver Lodge, include the lounge area and the graphics adorning the walls. The lounge area features a wall made of interlocking wood panels, fireplace and several forms of technology, including electric and USB outlets built into the soft seating. The selection was forward thinking and, as a result, the University of Maine Farmington has inquired on using the same furniture in the dorms. 

As for the wall graphics, our team worked with a professional, local photographer who is a university alum to select the photos (all taken locally) and continue to bring aspects of Maine into the space. 

In addition to designing and building this site, we were able to help secure the business through the request for proposal process. 

Project Solutions Provided

Sales Support, Conceptual Designs, 3D Renderings, Design Package Presentation, Foodservice Design, Budget Management, Construction Drawings, Construction Management, Foodservice Equipment Provided & Installation, Opening Day Support

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Project Solutions

Juice Bar, Snack Bar, Micromarket, Lounge, Dining Room, Higher Education

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