Chapman University, Sandhu Dining Facility

Orange, California

  • FIRM

    MVE Institutional Inc.

  • CLIENT

    Chapman University

  • AREA

    198,405 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $35,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    6/2009

The architect designed a 600-seat student dining hall for Chapman University that serves as a unique design statement as well as a focal point for student life on campus. The design intent of the dining hall was to create memorable areas that relate to the lifestyle of Southern California. Each food-service area is designed with a Southern California ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$177.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas in mind. The Poolside Grainery has cabanas designed to accommodate banquet seating; the Wave Grill expresses a beach-like atmosphere; the Hollywood Canteen, with both Asian and Italian food platforms, features movie marquees and columns that emulate klieg lights; the Euro Grill recreates the ambience of trendy Beverly Hills restaurants; and the Olivera Street Sandwich Station conveys the Mexican heritage of Southern California.

The Sandhu Dining Facility is part of a larger student housing complex that includes a four-story residence hall with 302 beds of residence hall and apartment-style housing over a single-level podium parking structure; an 11,000-square-foot conference facility; special guest suites; Alumni Center; and Career Development Center.

The signature feature highlighting the complex and the student housing neighborhood is an 85-foot-tall tower that includes the tallest rock-climbing wall on a college campus west of the Mississippi.