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Best Renovation Concept: The Blue Wall at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2015 Best Concepts: The Blue Wall is a complete overhaul of a venerable campus retail dining venue that traditionally emphasized quick-serve choices for large numbers of customers. The new roster of 11 dining concepts not only emphasizes quality—from upscale roasted meats and authentic gelatos to freshly rolled sushi and Niman Ranch burgers—but also supports the university’s sustainability mission with touches like 100 percent compostable disposables, organic/local ingredients where possible and facility design based on LEED CI Retail guidelines.

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