The University of Akron, Robertson Cafe

Akron, Ohio

The architect worked with The University of Akron to create an exciting, inviting environment for students and visitors dining at Robertson Cafe. The existing facility, which was dated and in need of an upgrade, was renovated to include various food stations in a marketplace concept where food preparation is part of the entertainment.

Distinct seating areas provide ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$158.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation array of dining experiences. “Rob’s” also includes a convenience store and an after-hours space, which doubles as a performance stage. This stage is part of an indoor passage, open 24 hours, which connects primary access points to the facility and solves one of the major design issues—a six-foot change in elevation between entries.

The project scope also included kitchen renovations; mechanical, electrical and fire-protection systems upgrades; and a complete re-imaging of the facility—from the cafe’s logo to architectural finishes.

The $4 million project, encompassing 15,000 square feet of dining area as well as adjacent renovated spaces, was completed over four months during summer break.