What is the secret to a great design? We listen. Then we draw on our years of experience to work with our client to define the concept, develop a menu and clarify the methods of production and delivery to their guest. As the hospitality industry evolves, Mathias continues to embrace the evolution and future of the food service industry, resulting in relevant and tangible design solutions for every unique client we serve. In collaboration with architects, interior designers and operations personnel we ensure that the flow of the food products are most efficient and code compliant. Whether your kitchen is in a spacious setting in the suburbs or squeezed into tight quarters in a major metropolitan area, the Mathias design team has the proven experience to provide the best solutions for your needs. With our extensive procurement and distribution background, the equipment selection process is easily completed. Primary and alternate manufacturers are selected for each piece of equipment, meeting operational and financial requirements established by the client. After the project design is finalized, Mathias helps save valuable client time and money by providing clients with bid documents needed to facilitate the final selection.

Free Initial Consultation

All business relationships begin with a hand-shake. We will meet with you to determine the overall scope of your project and discuss your individual needs. Since we were founded we have provided "design build" services in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The design fee is applied to the purchase of equipment from Mathias. In 1999, Mathias Design Group was formed to provide “fee” based design for our global clients and clients with established procurement relationships.

We have successfully completed an entire spectrum of over one thousand five hundred projects. These projects include, both new construction and renovations ranging from 200 to 27,000 square feet, with budgets ranging from $35 thousand to $3 million. The diversity of these projects offered us the opportunity to gain a notable and proven understanding of institutional operation functionality in a variety of market segments such as higher education, K-12, healthcare, restaurants, churches, corporate dining and resort facilities.

Design Build

Nothing is more satisfying than being part of a client’s "vision" and sharing their journey until the project is completed. This model provides for all, or a portion of the design fee, to be applied toward the purchase of the foodservice equipment for the project. In a bid environment, manufacturers are restricted by law from offering different prices to bidders. In the design build model, Mathias utilizes its buying power to negotiate with each vendor the lowest price possible. In addition, we offer the following service:

Project Management
Mathias will facilitate coordination between the General Contractor and his trades for your project.

Staging and delivery
Mathias will receive, uncrate, inspect and assemble at our warehouse. Damaged or incorrect appliances are replaced prior to scheduled delivery. Our delivery team is the best in the industry. We have a 100% on time delivery, which is no small feat after over three decades in business.

A Certified Food Service Professional(s) will instruct you and your staff on how to efficiently use and maintain each piece of equipment.

For the first year, Mathias will dispatch required service agencies. Many times we can save you non- warranted service calls by walking clients through a series of pre-checks before dispatching service. Service logs by manufacturers are reviewed annually. Manufacturers must meet the highest level of product integrity to be specified by Mathias. Design build is only an option for clients located in our distribution area.

Coordination with Owner, Architect, and General Contractor

Before you open a new foodservice facility or upgrade an existing one, you must have a plan. The layout and design for a foodservice facility is one of the most important parts of the overall project plan. The "menu" and an understanding of the client's culture are critical to a successful design. The Mathias design team will work with you and your architect, engineer, interior designer, and general contractor to ensure an accurate design and well-coordinated work flow throughout the project.

Architect’s Corner Design Services

Whether the project is a "design build" or "fee" based, the flow of information and document preparation are the same. Mathias coordinates with the Architect electronically utilizing AutoCad as the drawing platform. Working with the base plan from the Architect we will provide:
FS-0 General construction notes/index
This sheet establishes the responsibility of the General Contractor, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical trades. It also contains the index foodservice sheets included as the project progresses.
FS-1 Plan
This sheet establishes the base of the design set. It contains the layout in imperial or metric scale. Once approved by the client, the balance of design competencies is completed. Introducing the interior design furniture plan is typically used for initial health department review.
FS-2 Schedule
This sheet provides a detailed utility schedule with the individual requirements for each item displayed in matrix format. It defines manufacturer, model and accessories.
FS-3 Electrical & FS-4 Plumbing Rough-In Drawings
These sheets provide detailed electrical and plumbing rough-in drawings to assist the architect, engineer, general contractor, and construction trades in the accurate placement of the utilities.Design build also includes dimension rough — in drawings at the time of permit.
FS-5 Mechanical
This sheet provides the Mechanical Engineer critical ventilation requirements to design an efficient exhaust system(s).
FS-6 Elevation, Isometric, & Detail Drawings
Depending on the client, Mathias will provide general elevations and/or detail drawings of selected pieces or areas to give you a clear idea of the final look of your design. We can also provide these drawings as needed to obtain quotes and shop drawings for custom equipment for the manufacturer to ensure each piece is designed accurately. We can also assist in the creation of their 3D modeling and rendering to ensure an accurate portrayal of the facility.
FS-7 Building Conditions
This sheet shows required beverage chases, floor depressions, wall heights and required wall backing.
Equipment Specifications:
We provide equipment specifications and schematics of each item broken down into a detailed description (including all options and accessories). In a "fee" based design Mathias will provide a complete bid specification set utilizing AIA 11400 format. Mathias will provide budget equipment costs to aid in the financial planning of the project.