Space Redesign Preview
The space redesign process is a 6-7 month experience that involves student design workshops, meetings with the school community and then the actual ordering (and shipment) of furniture and graphics. Throughout the entire design process, the student is kept at the center. In August, we completed our latest cohort of 5 sites. Over the next several weeks, we we will be adding the final touches to the dining areas. Until then, here are a few sneak peak photos of the updated spaces.
Martin Luther King Middle School
The Future Dining Experience worked closely with over 60 students from the Peer Resources and Student Government groups at King through design workshops focused on space redesign and menu feedback. From these workshops, the design team created interactive wall graphics that highlight the school’s rich history and connection to their inspiring namesake. MLK was completed in April 2016.
James Lick Middle School
The Future Dining Experience team worked with student government leaders and teachers at James Lick to reimagine a meal experience that reflects both the recent renovations and beautiful historic architecture of the site. The students presented initial direction for the furniture plan and graphics through design workshops, and their feedback has continued to inform the iteration process. James Lick was completed in April 2016.
Phillip and Sala Burton High School
Feedback and excitement from student leaders has propelled a redesign to transform the dining area at Burton from an underutilized part of campus, to a student community hub for students to take a break to eat in. Burton was completed in April 2016.
George Washington High School
Washington High students spent the second half of the 2014-2015 school year providing ideas concerning their dining area through a series of redesign workshops focused on reimagining their school meal experience. Over 50 students contributed ideas that have informed the creation of a site-specific furniture plan and graphics. During the summer of 2015, the site received new furniture that increases the number and flexibility of seating options. The second half of the redesign was completed in April 2016. During April, the dining area was outfitted with graphics and interactive wall surfaces that brought to fruition the vision imagined by the student ambassadors at Washington High School.
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Middle School
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Middle School has opened for the first day of school and is a new model for public education—the ideas, structure, curriculum and facilities support teaching and learning that is highly innovative and personalized and help prepare students to transform the 21st century. The school provides students with a rich STEM and Arts oriented program, which empowers and prepares them for success. The Future Dining Experience has designed the school's dining space with interactive graphics that connect the dining experience to the STEM and Arts curriculum.
Everett Middle School
Students and staff at Everett Middle School spent the 2014-2015 school year reimagining their school meal experience. Students created fun and informative presentations detailing their ideal dining experience and teachers met often to brainstorm ways to transform student's perceptions of dining at Everett. All of this information was utilized in the redesign of Everett Middle School's dining area. The Future Dining Experience team worked closely with students and staff to create a space that emphasizes the social justice themes of the school and provides a comfortable place to eat, talk, and feel a sense of community.
Thurgood Marshall Academic High School
During the 2014-2015 school year, The Future Dining Experience began working with Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, located in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, to reimagine their dining area. The Future Dining Experience team partnered with The Future Project and the Marshall school community, including an active student leadership group (Cafeteria Revamp Squad), to carry out this dining area transformation. Over 100 students participated in design workshops and menu planning sessions. As of May 2015, Marshall’s dining area has been redesigned with new furniture, wall graphics, and distributed points of sale to convert the previously underutilized space into one that is engaging and fun for students. Thurgood Marshall was completed in May 2015.
Roosevelt Middle School Redesign Pilot
Roosevelt Middle School’s dining area has been completely redesigned and renovated, and it is now open to the students! SFUSD is piloting new mobile carts, new furniture, and interactive wall graphics. From this pilot, the District will learn which furniture options and wall graphics students use and enjoy the most and the impact of various distributed points of sale on the meal line. The pilot will be evaluated with a focus on the student experience, staff experience and financial impact. Roosevelt Middle School was completed in October 2014.
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We are looking forward to launching our next cohort of 5 sites this fall. Check back here in the upcoming months for more information concerning sites.
SFUSD Dining Guide
We've put together this guide to the Meal Application Form and other dining basics, and the friendly folks at Student Nutrition Services are available to support you in filling out the application:
Facilities Assessment and Regional Kitchen Design
SFUSD's Student Nutrition Services has worked with MKThink, an ideas company for the built environment, to perform a Kitchen Facilities Assessment of all SFUSD school sites. The data gathered from the assessment will be used to identify SFUSD school sites that can be utilized for future Regional Kitchens. The Regional Kitchens will enable the District to expand menu options as well as offer culinary training programs at school sites. This is an exciting next step in the process of reimagining school meals within SFUSD.
Healthy Full-Meal Vending Machines and Mobile Carts
During the 2014-2015 school year, SFUSD piloted healthy, full-meal vending machines and newly designed mobile carts at several school sites. The machines and carts will help alleviate pressure on the lunch line, ensuring that students are able to get their meals faster and have more time to eat. We tested a prototype of the design at Balboa High School during the 2013-2014 school year and we took what we learned back to the workshop to build an even better cart for students to experience.
Community Portal Activation
The site you are currently viewing is a key part of the Future Dining Experience Vision. It is a platform that enables the community to connect with the SFUSD School Food program. We know that many members of our community are excited to be part of helping to realize the vision of SFUSD's Future Dining Experience. We welcome your support, either through volunteering to help with our projects or through donating. We value your contribution and are excited about the community that is being created around school food within the Bay Area.