In 2000, Purdue University began a $48 million plan to consolidate University Residence Dining Services. The third phase of the plan is the recently completed 38,000-square-foot, $10 million Windsor Dining Court.
Architects were faced with the challenge of transforming a relatively confined space into a relaxed, inviting and highly efficient dining atmosphere that ASSOCIATED FIRMRicca Newmark DesignCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$263.15FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio blend well with the traditional look and feel of existing campus dining facilities. And, although the food court had to blend well with existing facilities, designers also had to be sure the decor maintained the same modern design look used in the previous phases of the overall plan.
Windsor contains multiple dining areas (including an outdoor courtyard) with seating for 500. Eight distinct servery areas offer food ranging from typical American fare to Southeast Asian and Italian. Earth-toned clay tile patterns, and warm oak accents and furniture complement a welcoming, relaxed dining experience. Dining areas are separated to create a more intimate environment, and features such as a gas-log fireplace provide the look and feel of a high-end restaurant.