The University of Texas at Arlington retained the architects to renovate, program and design its University Center dining. The goal was to increase capacity by 60 percent and provide service to as many as 2,000 students. The University Center is the main building for campus dining and is situated centrally; it required a highly coordinated schedule for design CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$223.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation construction. School had to remain in session, and the meal service could not be interrupted. The $3.3 million additions and renovations encompass more than 15,000 square feet and can seat more than 850 students.
Through the use of some original brick elements and the incorporation of contemporary materials, the design created neighborhoods and food venues that make the space a campus attraction. Students find the new areas exciting and active, and they are visible to passersby. Through the use of decorative screens, the new dining venues are more visible and allow for more control of the dining area. The space also offers booths and quiet corners for study or intimate conversations. The building now has a sidewalk feeling, inviting students into their own dining experience.