Creating A Bar/ Restaurant for the Future

‘Sustainability in the Service Industry’

The Design and Re-model for ‘BARCODE’ Bar and Restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


By Katharine A. Foley

Northern Ireland


Before I even start, let me explain that this whole project was carried out remotely from beginning to end. All correspondence between the clients, architect and myself was carried out using electronic formatting. With the use of email for simple conversation and direction, to Skype for the ongoing screen sharing in regards to the presentation of designs and to clarify and quantify any changes. Therefore, even before we look into what a sustainably built bar looks like, consider there was no paper use or, paper waste from either that of myself as the designer or of the architect assigned to work with me.

I am based in the UK, whilst the architect was based in Columbia, whilst the clients were located in Las Vegas, Nevada, meaning the project work that was carried out existed between three different time zones, Pacific, South America and the UK. There were times throughout the project when the clients were travelling to different states and then beyond to outside the USA, as far as the Indian Ocean. However, at all times open communications between all the parties concerned were honored and respected no matter what part of the world they resided.

For the project brief, the message was simple, just not the solution. I was to create and develop a design concept for four partner clients to include a fully functional space offering excellent balance and form whilst providing a good flow and synergy for traffic for both the interior space and exterior patio area.

Sounds simple right, well add to that the re-design draft of an electrical plan, the provision of a color concept throughout that works in conjunction with the selected materials. Further, I was to advise and assist the clients in sourcing and procuring elements for the space, whilst also being available to them for the installation process. The final part of the brief was to assist with developing a name for their new venue along with a visual graphic design.

Here I had an immediate advantage, as my son is a fantastic artist; therefore I passed this part of the project directly to him. He came up with the name ‘BARCODE’, which the clients loved and immediately agreed upon. This allowed him to create and develop the design graphic which would become the focal point for their project. Approval was given to demolish any interior walls that I felt might cause an obstruction or prevent the design vision reaching the desired end goal.

The original budget for this project was $100,000, however it is worth noting that a further $100,000 funding was awarded to the clients from Budweiser when they (the clients) presented my 3D Design Concept Renders for their new business venue, ‘BARCODE’.

The project timeline was tight, as I was given three months to complete the design concept and hand over all the technical and construction documentation for the project. I began working on the project on the 18th December 2015, just before the Christmas break. With a great deal of good will over the festive period, the design concept was approved and signed off by all four partner clients before we had reached the end of December. This enabled them to make the necessary applications to pull permits required to proceed with other site work such as the electrical scope of works and demolition. Once we had this first milestone in place, we set into the technical documentation and construction files which were successfully completed and then signed off and handed over to the clients on the 27th February 2016. Having reached this phase end successfully and earlier than planned, a contractor was hired and we were ready to begin the process of clearing the site for demolition.

When we started, the clients had no vision whatsoever for a design concept, neither did they have any blue prints for the available working space. One of the first tasks was to arrange someone to go on-site as soon as possible to take the measurements of the entire area; once received, I proceeded to develop and create a brand new floor plan for the existing space.

My first scheduled Skype call with the clients provided me with an opportunity to offer a solution based interior design concept consisting of an industrial/urban theme, whilst introducing sustainable products wherever possible into the design concept. On approval, a full lifecycle analysis was carried out for the purpose of establishing the cradle-to-grave impact of purchasing and installing such fixtures, fittings and equipment. Based on the design concept I convinced the clients that the approach of installing sustainable materials where possible throughout the project would not only benefit them financially but would also add to the aesthetic appeal of the completed design.

During this time, to ensure that we could truly call the project sustainable, consideration was given to relevant socio-economic factors with regards to manufacturing products such as poor working conditions and child labor. The decisions were made once all of these factors had been put into place that all the products and manufacturing would be done locally to also enhance the financial sustainability factor for the region.


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About the Author

Katharine A. Foley

Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK


Katharine Foley is an Interior Designer and a Certified Project Manager with twenty years of industry experience delivering projects globally for both exclusive VIP and high end clients. Her great flexibility in delivering projects means that no budget is too large or too small as she delivers based on quality not simply on cost.

She has worked as a personal designer/stylist with VIP clientele and also budgeted clients and is extremely experienced in retail interior design & set design.

Katharine has a strong approach to leadership, managing large teams of designers, junior designers, merchandisers and graphic designers on major in-house project work. All her projects are solely client facing and always, from client brief through to hand-over. Whether there is a need for hand holding along the way, or for an eye for detail, Katharine’s continuous approach towards successful delivery has allowed her to make a name for herself within her specialist field. With work experience in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, USA and Europe this has now helped her towards the early stages of setting up her own online interior design business, ‘Imagine Interior Design Studio’, offering design to a global audience.

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