Purdue University, Earhart Dining Court

West Lafayette, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Scholer Corporation


    Purdue University

  • AREA

    36,700 sq.ft.





Earhart Dining Court, named for Amelia Earhart, is a 750-seat dining commons with a separate, carry-out market called “On the Go.” Serving venues offer choices such as stir-fry, pizza, pastas, sandwiches, desserts, steaks, chicken and an expansive salad bar.

Architects faced numerous challenges, including a low ceiling structure, several existing columns, an ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMRicca Newmark DesignCOST PER SQ FT$163.50FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas demand for exhaust and fresh air handling, and the addition of fire sprinklers. Another challenge was to create a sense of openness and natural light in the expansive interior space. Bright primary colors were used throughout the facility.

Floors and ceilings were broken up with accent colors and geometric delineations. Maple, slate tile and stainless-steel accents added warmth. A lighting and dimming system also was installed.

Seating is delineated by changes in flooring and ceiling design. Dining areas are broken up into smaller areas, each with a change of furniture style, booth designs, accent light fixtures and colors. Private dining rooms at the east end of the facility accommodate up to 100 patrons for a meal or meeting.