Central Kitchen

Metropolitan State Hospital

Metropolitan State Hospital

Central Kitchen

Norwalk, California

Metropolitan State Hospital is located in Norwalk, California and serves up to 3,000 patients per day. In 2010, a new central kitchen with six rethermalization satellite kitchens were completed. The central kitchen occupies 27,000 square feet and replaced an old inefficient kitchen at the end of its life cycle. The new replacement facility consists of half the physical size and doubles the meal production of the previous system. Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine named Metropolitan State Hospital the winner of the “2012 Design Project of the Year” competition. The project has earned a LEED Gold certification for its energy efficiency and sustainable design initiatives. Additionally, state of the art cook-chill and packaging equipment reduces labor requirements, improves food consistency, and dramatically reduces food waste.

Metro State Hospital exterior.

Project Data

Project Type
New Construction
Engagement Type
Programming / Foodservice Design / Construction Admin.
Project Size
Foodservice Size
27,000 Sq. Ft
27,000 Sq. Ft
Project Cost
Foodservice Cost
Operation Type
Central Kitchen
Serving Capacity
9,000 meal/day
We are very impressed with Webb’s interpersonal level of communication, and their attention to keep us well informed throughout the working relationship we have developed.”
Rodney K. Taylor | Former Director
Nutrition Services Dept. at Riverside Unified School District

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