Food Service Project Management


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Restaurant and Commercial Kitchen Project Management

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Communication is our key asset. We’ll advise you in every part of the process.

When you want to build an efficient and profitable restaurant or foodservice business, what lies between you and your goal?

Facility planning, layout, ordering equipment and smallwares—it can be an extremely complicated and highly technical process, often requiring professional experience. You have to consider the selection, arrangement, and installation of equipment, procurement of smallwares, as well as what to do with your ceilings, lighting, plumbing, wiring, seating, and so on. While this may seem like an overwhelming task, Rapids Contract has decades of experience in foodservice and in project management.

Every new construction or remodel project presents a unique set of challenges. From local code requirements to complex kitchen construction timeline coordination, the need for reliable project management is paramount. Our years of experience have brought us the knowledge and insight to ensure an efficient transformation of your space into your vision.

Proven Process for Delivering Excellence 

After your contract is executed, we move into the Project Management phase of your kitchen and restaurant build. This starts with introductions to the Rapids Foodservice Contract and Design Project Management Team, which typically includes our Project Manager, Project Coordinators, and Project Administrators.

The Project Manager takes the lead role in the overall coordination and execution of the design. Communication is vital in this process, and critical decisions often need made quickly to stay on schedule, on budget, and in accordance with our Proven Process.

Working alongside our award-winning Project Managers are the Project Coordinators—the active force that brings your vision to life. Referencing the design, Project Coordinators facilitate the procurement of the equipment needed to accommodate your menu. They must verify rough-in and utility details and coordinate equipment shipments to align with the overall project schedule. This requires a great deal of knowledge, problem-solving skills, and constant communication between our team, the general contractor, the manufacturers, the installers, and the tradesmen on the site.

Our Project Administrators scrutinize all the documentation—Purchase Orders, Invoices, Project Schedules, and Design Paperwork—with incredible attention to detail. Rapids Contract’s Project Administrators make sure no “t” is left uncrossed or “i” un-dotted until the work is complete.

Finished Kitchen & Smallwares Service & Support

When the appliances are installed and the space is clean and ready for service, our team will coordinate the training of your staff on your new kitchen’s capabilities. You can count on our support for the first full year to provide you with any additional assistance you may require for your new kitchen equipment.

Rapids Contract also supports your needs with a dedicated division for smallwares. You always have help available from our full-service sales team and 24-hour purchasing website—with a guarantee to ship “in stock” products ordered by 3PM weekdays. You can opt to pick up orders and shop in our retail store locations, too.

Finally, our service division stands ready to assist anytime you require preventive maintenance or repairs of your equipment.

Remember, when you work with Rapids Contract and Design, you have a trusted partner with you from Concept to Opening Day—and beyond.

Comprehensive Project Management:

Coordinate equipment package and utility requirements with Owner and Design Team
Kitchen plan and equipment specification submittal to appropriate authorities
Address relevant code issues raised through submittal process to ensure expedient approval
Provide complete coordination plans including electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and special conditions
On-site field management of site conditions, coordination with trades, and equipment installation verification
Punch list finalization upon installation completion
Installation services for equipment, exhaust hoods, fire suppression systems, and refrigeration
Equipment removal and disposal services
Start up and staff training for kitchen equipment
Turnkey installations which include final utility connections for kitchen equipment package

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital

One of Rapids Contract’s strengths is our on-site management and coordination of the buildout process. This oval building’s kitchen and café features high-end contoured walls and counters, which required custom fabrication of stainless steel prep tables, solid surface countertops, equipment enclosures, and flooring. While the all-electric equipment simplified power supply to the space, our constant presence during construction ensured a good workflow between the trades for the installation of counters, soffits, and terrazzo flooring. The result is a perfect fit for prep tables, food displays, countertops, and all of the variables in this custom design.


Installer Endorsement

“Brecke Mechanical has been working with Luke Green and Rapids for several years assisting with installation of food service equipment and refrigeration equipment. We found out right away that Luke not only does a great job selling equipment he also helps the customer figure out what they need and don’t need. Also, we have been on several jobs that Luke has rolled his sleeves up and helped with the installation. He is definitely not afraid to get dirty. We just don’t see these traits very often anymore. This is why we believe Luke Green deserves DSR Of The Year. He is knowledgeable in his field, cares about the customer and their needs and isn’t afraid to get dirty to pull projects together.”

Steve S., Division Manager at Brecke Mechanical

“Luke Green and the design team were incredible. They observed prior to the remodel, they were able to identify our problem areas, and really worked to just streamline everything. Luke was available for every single question and provided updates along the way. It was really amazing and I would have to say we are 100% satisfied with the final result of this project.”

Susan K., Linn-Mar High School

“Rapids Foodservice Contract and Design was awarded the bid on two of our most recent new kitchen projects. In all my experiences with foodservice contractors, Rapids has proven to be the most proficient and professional. Both projects had to be completed this past summer with training taking place prior to school starting. Equipment installation happened when they said it would, training was scheduled with all manufarurer representatives, school kitchens opened as promised, and punch list items were taken care of in a timely manner. during the entire project, the Contract and Design Specialist and Project Coordinator handled all matters very professionally…”

Jeannie Allgood, Waukee Schools

Owner/Chef Endorsement

“Working with Rapids on many levels including architectural design, equipment procurement, installation, service recoveries, and most importantly continued support upon completion of all has been nothing short of stellar. Christy, Matt, and Troy are some of my most trusted and valued professional colleagues.”

General Contractor Endorsement

“I always look forward to working with Rapids on a project, they are such a great partner! Theresa Peterson is hands down the best PM I have ever worked with! Her communication, solutions, and forward thinking is the reason we are hitting our dates.”


Rapids Contract serves the United States with locations in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and North Carolina!

Get in touch with one of our experts and let us know how we can help with any of your foodservice needs.

Talk to one of our experts right away and get immediate assistance. We are open Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm CST.

Get in touch with one of our experts and let us know how we can help with any of your foodservice needs.

Talk to one of our experts right away and get immediate assistance. We are open Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm CST.