Recently, Purdue Memorial Union Dining Services completed a $5 million, 16,000-square-foot renovation designed to provide flexible, modernized spaces for students, staff, faculty and visitors to study, dine and socialize.
Original food service in the union consisted of a ground-floor cafeteria that served 1,000 people per meal. In 1978, food-service operations in the ASSOCIATED FIRMMesher Shing and Associates, Design ArchitectCOST PER SQ FT$317.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation received their first major renovations. The result was one centralized kitchen and restaurant concept with satellite restaurants scattered throughout the ground floor. As new concepts in campus dining facilities emerged, students began to desire a more modern, flexible dining experience.
Designers had to give careful consideration to materials, space sizes, colors, equipment, furniture, signage and lighting. Perhaps the greatest challenge was maintaining the historical fabric of the facility, while creating a lively, flexible and contemporary dining atmosphere.
Renovated spaces now contain six separate, culturally diverse restaurants situated around a central “streetscape:” Villa Italian Kitchen, La Salsa, Flatbreads, Zoia Juice Bar, Urban Market and Lemongrass.