Dairy Queen – Girard

Constructed on the site of an existing Dairy Queen, this new facility was designed to expand this seasonal operation to a year-round restaurant, including dine-in, drive-thru, walk-up, and patio seating. Using the DQ/Orange Julius prototype, Phillips|Sekanick Architects modified the design to meet the specific site and operation needs of the Owner.


Dairy Queen, Girard


This site, originally designed for walk-up service only, was not adequate to accommodate the addition of a drive-thru lane or indoor seating. Due to the undersized corner lot and the development around the site over the years, this location was prone to seasonal flooding. The owner desired the new facility to be properly drained and provide a more significant presence.


In order to address flooding concerns, the pad was raised and the site re-graded to deter any future flooding within the building. This raise in elevation created new challenges for pedestrian and handicap access. The drive-lane was elevated, and areas of accessible parking were regraded to become level at the various entries. By pushing the building back as far as possible on the site the design team was able to add a patio on the street side to encourage pedestrian use.