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Awards / Honors

Ram's Horn at the Academic Village receives award for Facility Design Project of the Year

April 29, 2009

The Ram's Horn at the Academic Village was awarded the highest honor in the Foodservice Equipment & Supplies' Facility Design Project of the Year competition. The winning entry was selected from this year's 12 facilities featured in FE&S' monthly Facility Design Project section and is based on outstanding achievement in the design of food service operations.

Award presentation in Chicago

Deon Lategan, director of Dining Services, will accept the award on behalf of CSU Residential Dining Services at the Industry Awards Reception on May 16 in Chicago. The reception honors the industry’s best facility designs and top achievers in the food business.

Determined by an expert panel of foodservice consultants, winning entries are selected based on:

• Overall efficiency
• Degree to which they contribute to their operations' goals
• Quality and creativity of the solutions to each projects' unique challenges

Facility features

The Ram’s Horn boasts a waterfall that cascades over a two-and-a-half-story-high granite wall, part of a grand staircase that greets visitors to the commons building. On the ground level, the Sports Grill displays CSU sports memorabilia and outdoor adventure items conveying a message of living a fun, active lifestyle. The focal point of the Sports Grill is the open hearth pizza oven with a decorative tile work surround where cooks prepare three varieties of pizza daily.

The Ram's Horn Express, the Commons' only retail operation, features convenience-store items, fruit smoothies, espresso coffee drinks, and a variety of grab 'n go sandwiches, salads, pizza, sushi and snacks. On the second level, the Ram’s Horn dining center, with more than six stations, includes exposed beams and angular edges emphasizing the spaciousness of the dining room and ceiling heights that rise up to 20 feet. Picture windows allow views of intramural fields and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

A nutrition information kiosk sits adjacent to the Mongolian Grill allowing students and customers to access nutritional information about menu items served at all the dining centers on campus.

Sustainability initiatives can be found throughout the entire building including composting plate waste, green power used for the entire building, sensors for variable-speed controls on cooking hoods, trayless dining to decrease plate waste and compostable packaging for to-go meals.

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine's May issue features an in-depth look at this unique project to examine the underlying factors that contributed to its success. A preview of the article can be viewed at

Open to campus

The Ram’s Horn isn’t just for students, faculty and staff are welcome too. To learn more about the facility, visit

Contact: Crystal Elmore
Phone: (970) 491-4770