The architect facilitated the renovation and addition of Boozel Dining Hall at Slippery Rock University. The administration had requested the original structure be demolished to make room for a new facility. After some detailed investigation, the architect discovered that more than $2 million could be saved by refurbishing the original structure. It was a transformation COST PER SQ FT$214.29FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas an outdated food-distribution center to a state-of-the-art dining hall complete with a Brazilian churrasco grill for a centerpiece.
Because the building was more than 30 years old with outdated appliances and outmoded mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, the administration recognized that the entire structure needed to be gutted. The design added a 3,000-square-foot lobby with glass atrium to house a “grab-and-go” concept and queuing area. The majority of the interior of the existing facility was renovated.
The newly renovated facility features eight food stations with open kitchens, new furniture and booth seating for more than 600 people. The dining areas were transformed with new finishes and lighting, and the existing server was reconfigured to include a more open layout of food stations. Bright colors, such as red and copper, were incorporated into Boozel’s redesign.
Other new amenities include high-top bar tables with stools and diner-style countertops, along with electrical outlets for laptops and other devices.