Washburn University, Stauffer Commons

Topeka, Kansas

  • FIRM

    Treanor Architects, PA


    Washburn University

  • AREA

    10,000 sq.ft.





Central to the Washburn University Living Learning Center is Stauffer Commons, the primary food-service area for residents, staff and faculty. It has a seating capacity of 250 and provides three meals daily. The primary design goal was to create an aesthetically appealing, well-functioning and stimulating food-service area.

The result was a marketplace-style venue. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$179.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas an existing 1960s cafeteria-style eatery, the marketplace provides students with a variety of choices. The eatery includes five stations featuring pizza, deli, grill, homestyle and custom-prepared specials of the day. The space also serves as a gathering space for group meetings, band performances and studying.

While voluminous and dynamic, this space offers comfortable scale and interest with particular features. Ceiling textures use suspended wood ribs and a variety of lighting sources at different heights. The main wall at the food-service area is sculpted by tilting the wall in a pattern of different angles and rendered with a variety of color. The seating is organized with raised areas, different ceiling heights and metal awnings to define the various seating options.