Des Moines Public Schools

Des Moines, Iowa



Coffee Outlet
Foodservice Facility
Goodrell Middle School
Roosevelt High School
Hillis Elementary Kitchen Renovation
Pappajohn Higher Learning Center
Career & Technical Center Central Campus

We have done numerous projects for the Des Moines School District, including Central Campus seen above. They are the largest provider of public education in Iowa, with more than 30,000 students and nearly 5,000 teachers and staff at work in more than 60 schools throughout the community. Over the last decade a comprehensive and ongoing capital improvements campaign renovated and updated many of their schools, 44 of which have now earned the Energy Star designation. The Food & Nutrition group prepares, delivers and serves more than 25,000 meals each school day.

The Central Nutrition Center (CNC) opened in 2004. The CNC houses a production facility that allows many foods to be prepared centrally, which assures a consistent, quality product. Menu items such as chili, marinara sauce, barbecued pork and taco meat are prepared using a cook-chill method. The CNC also houses a bakery that produces home-baked items, including French bread, muffins, cinnamon rolls and cookies. Most school kitchens have been designed to allow food sent from the CNC to be heated at the school to allow the best possible temperature and quality product.

The work at Roosevelt High School included the renovation and expansion of a traditional straight line serving area with on-site production into a multi-station marketplace satellited from a new District commissary. The kitchen still allows some on-site production of convenience foods and items that do not transport well through the use of combination oven/steamers. Size: 4,715 square feet.