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Evolution Chef’s Studio/Dining Commons Principal Financial Group

Des Moines, Iowa


Jackson Visuals, LLC


Renovate corporate dining services program and infrastructure, including new dining room, café, oven fired station, grill station and flexible soup/salad station.



Principal Financial Group’s goal was to revitalize their dining service program and infrastructure to create a flexible and engaging space for employees to love. A destination dining experience with a restaurant aesthetic – gone is the stainless steel food court approach to foodservice. What they did was create sophisticated spaces – perfect for meetings, work-shops, catered events, and executive entertainment – and of course daily dining.

The extensive renovation of the existing facility into a new “Chef Studio” featuring a fresh, cook-to-order food surpasses the limited ideas of the outdated servery. Flexible cooking stations were created including a grill, oven-fired pizza, soup/salad area and a café. This on-demand approach to food preparation brings cooking out of the “back of house”. Now a visual experience emphasizing choice with seating clusters of variety in scale and privacy, a new refreshing alternative to traditional dining hall aesthetic comes alive – a dynamic, relaxed dining experience.

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