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How We Work


Meet with us to define the overall scope of your project and the services you need. At this free initial consultation, we will gather the information needed to provide an accurate estimate of design costs and the services we will be providing.


We utilize the input you have provided on the project requirements to design a layout that meets your needs. We can work with your team of architects, builders, engineers, and contractors to ensure the design is accurate and well-coordinated with the rest of the space.


With a good floor plan, equipment specified for your needs and within your budget, we can coordinate with your architect, contractor, and others to get you ready to open the doors!

Robin Nelson, CFSP

Vice President and Consultant

Robin Nelson, CFSP

Vice President and Consultant
As Vice President for FSDC, Robin has over 20 years’ experience assisting restaurants, hotels, healthcare facilities and churches with commercial kitchen design and equipment needs. She uses her management and operations experience in chain and independent restaurants and hotel foodservice to create highly functional and efficient spaces. In addition to specifying equipment, Robin also provides budget estimates and value engineering to accommodate budget requirements for each project. Robin graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Service and Housing Administration and has a Professional Certificate from the Culinary Institute of America. She also holds the prestigious “Certified Food Service Professional” (CFSP) designation from the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers.
Melissa Jennings, ASID Allied

Melissa Jennings

As a Designer, Melissa translates the clients’ vision into architectural drawings and presentation boards. She channels her 15 years of interior design experience to conceptualize and present interior material finish selections, furniture layouts, lighting plans, and custom millwork drawings. Melissa utilizes the latest AutoCAD, Revit and the latest in sketch and illustration technology. She also has a working knowledge of the State of Virginia Health Codes, Virginia Uniform State Building Codes, and ADA Codes. Melissa graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, as well as an associate degree in Interior Design from Tidewater Community College. Melissa is also an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
Marina Hilliard

Marina Hilliard

As Specifier, Marina translates the two-dimensional design plans into actual equipment. With 5 years of experience in commercial kitchens, she brings her knowledge of foodservice operations, ability to read and comprehend architectural plans and specs, and an eye for detail to help make plans come to life. Marina works to provide clients with the caliber of equipment to suite their functional and monetary needs. She also helps maintain organization and procedural tasks within the office. Marina graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership. In addition, she also holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Tidewater Community College.