Kahler Slater was selected by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to bring students, faculty and visitors a premium coffee shop in the student union directly on campus. In addition to the interior design services, the project involved the integration of branding and graphic design to help them differentiate their product from the competition. Students were heavily involved in the design and visioning for this project which is called the “Grind.” The Grind offers a cozy and comfortable atmosphere with six convenient on-campus locations. The shop’s coffee and espresso beans are locally roasted in Milwaukee, with offerings of fair trade and organic blend choices as well.
In addition, the Union Food Court also was remodeled to provide a new circulation zone around the food vendor areas, including new cashier stands, cabinetry, planters and railing systems. The design improves cueing, enhances cross-circulation, and refines the overall experience of the area.