This 1,000-student building, which accommodates five academic neighborhoods, is an example of vibrant architecture in which basic functional elements are cost-effectively transformed into distinctive design highlights.
The 4,700-square-foot student-dining area is a gateway to the major public areas from the academic neighborhoods, buffering noise from the gymnasium, ASSOCIATED FIRMOlsavsky Jaminet ArchitectsCAPACITY1,112COST PER SQ FT$109.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2003 Educational Interiors2003 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas areas, kitchen and mechanical room. This open and colorful space serves as breakout space for the gym, and accommodates student dining, meetings, performances and community functions.
A colonnade of masonry piers surrounds the cafeteria and creates an open circulation path. Two masonry wall treatments flank the stage and match a curved masonry wall that provides a visual screen between the cafeteria and academic areas.
Acoustical treatments enliven the space with form and color. Circular speakers, curved purple and white wall accents, and bright red and apple-green paint frame the stage. Suspended, triangular ceiling forms incorporate a subtle geometric pattern and house stage lights.
The dining area met the district’s goals in generating economical and functional design solutions that also are fun and attractive.
"Great flexibility, fun shapes, a lot of color."—2003 jury