Park Nicollet Melrose Institute

St. Louis Park, Minnesota


February 2009

30 Inpatient Beds
200-250 Peak Retail Transactions

New Foodservice Department

The Melrose Institute is the largest facility in the Upper Midwest designed exclusively for treating patients with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating. This project included a foodservice design for a center previously located inside the Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. The new building and services were based on a patient and family centered care model and the foodservice operation and design followed that lead. It is estimated that there will be 300-350 residents and staff on campus during the day.

Our experience as both dietitians and designers made us uniquely qualified to lead the discussion on innovative foodservice delivery methods. The main level is the public space and includes a cafeteria for visitors, patients and staff. The second level requires more privacy and houses outpatient services and group therapy sessions. A small buffet was planned to serve this floor, it allows privacy and supervision, and avoids the costly, labor intensive catering service to each group. The third level houses the nine inpatient beds and requires the most security. This floor has food trays that are sent to patients, extensive nourishment stations and residential experiential kitchens for patients and staff to work on the food therapy that allows patient food preparation and group dining experiences. Patient families and staff alike have said that the Melrose Institute “is the perfect setting for the treatment of eating disorders.”

The Melrose project has won multiple awards including; 2010 AIA Minneapolis Merit Award, 2009 Citation of Merit Behavioral Healthcare Design Showcase, 2009 Architecture and Design Honor Roll Minnesota Physician Magazine, and 2008 Best in Real Estate Award – Healthcare, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.