Forming a new anchor of student life on the urban University of Alabama at Birmingham campus, the new dining facility will become an active hub of student life in the central campus area.
As an important link between a major residential precinct and the recently completed recreation center, the daylight-filled building is a passage for students moving from ASSOCIATED FIRMPerkins+WillCOST PER SQ FT$165.25FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas to academic areas.
The striking two-story dining room, with its fully glazed exterior wall, overlooks a casual outdoor dining plaza and frames the edge of the campus quad. This open and inviting environment provides connectivity between interior and exterior programming areas. State-of-the-art retail-oriented dining options situated just a few steps from residence halls help keep students on campus, allowing them to meet and greet their friends in a welcoming and lively campus family room.
Based on an open marketplace design that includes a 24-hour coffee house and diner, the flexible new facility is designed for easy and rapid adaptation as future trends in food service evolve. Back-of-house service areas are arranged carefully to maximize operational efficiency and minimize their impact on the surrounding campus.