The objectives for this project were to increase capacity to serve the entire student and faculty community in one seating; provide optimum circulation for sit-down and cafeteria-style meals; provide a high-quality aesthetic and use of natural light; and create a cornerstone to enhance the presence of the north entrance COST PER SQ FT$366.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas campus.
The new dining center is 40 percent larger than the building it replaced. At its centerpiece is a 6,000-square-foot main dining room that comfortably seats 400 diners at round tables beneath dramatic curved heavy timber trusses and clerestory windows. Interior features also include an 860-square-foot small-group dining room, center foyer with two large coatrooms, accessible toilet rooms, and an expanded serving area and improved kitchen layout. The exterior architecture carries through the campus aesthetic with a steeply pitched slate roof, brick walls and traditional detailing.
Designed to meet LEED silver certification, this high-performance green building operates 30 percent more efficiently than the building it replaced. Key sustainable features include geothermal heating and cooling, multi-level lighting controls, radiant heating and an energy-management system.