Lourdes University, Dining Hall

Sylvania, Ohio

  • FIRM

    The Collaborative Inc


    Lourdes University

  • AREA

    11,000 sq.ft.





Lourdes University has grown substantially in its transition to a residential campus, making it necessary to enhance its dining facilities.

Primary goals suggest the design should:

•Accommodate the university’s current and future needs.

•Respect the existing ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$263.64FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas Mission- style architecture.

•Create a singular space to support a community dining experience.

•Maintain the campus tradition of integrating art into architecture.

The concept centers on a space that is well-connected to campus circulation and takes advantage of vistas into the campus green. A large arched window, which is a theme throughout campus and frames the view to the green, also influenced the interior of the dining environment.

A coffee bar and a la carte venue create a transition from the primary circulation to the dining area, which exists in what once was an outdoor porch defined by a brick arcade. A key design element for both color and art was the repurposing of salvaged stained-glass windows.

The result is a vibrant, yet comfortable student and community space that reflects the legacy of the institution.