The goal of the new College Center and Noble Family Dining Hall at St. Mary’s College is to enhance the sense of community on campus. By combining student activities with food service, the new facility creates opportunities for casual interaction among students and faculty outside the classroom setting.
The facility replaces the former campus dining hall. The COST PER SQ FT$156.50FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio built the new facility in phases to allow for uninterrupted food service for students.
Organized around a two-story atrium, the facility is alive with activity throughout the day. On the main level, students and visitors can select from food-service options that range from the latest in dining hall fare to sandwiches and coffee. A large, comfortable lounge acts as a campus living room, and also is used as a venue for dances and receptions. The campus bookstore, a bank and a convenience store are situated nearby. Upstairs are offices for student activities and student government, as well as a private dining room and an outdoor dining terrace for the university president. Downstairs, the facility offers a 100-seat theater for movies and lectures, and meeting rooms for campus conferences.
The building sits at the center of campus and takes its design cues from the Collegiate Gothic-style hall nearby, borrowing its palette of brick, limestone and slate. Multiple gables, dormers, projection bays and an arcade help reduce the building’s apparent size.