University of Dayton, Virginia W. Kettering Dining Hall

Dayton, Ohio

  • FIRM

    Mesher Shing McNutt

  • CLIENT

    University of Dayton Dining Services

  • AREA

    9,550 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $2,975,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    11/2011

The University of Dayton has a new dining facility that rivals any restaurant in town. Before the renovation, the space was designed as an "all-you-care-to-eat" residence hall-style cafeteria. The school sought input from students, and sushi, made-to-order dishes and fresh ingredients all were on their menu ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMHeapy Engineering; Porter Khouw ConsultingCOST PER SQ FT$311.00FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas list.

As a result, the renovated facility offers two "restaurants." One contains a Mongolian grill, sushi station and international-style fare. The other provides fresh-baked bread for sandwiches, soups and made-to-order salads. Bakery-style desserts are plentiful as well.

LED color-changing lights, live-edge tables and high-back booths lend themselves to an atmosphere that evokes trendy, upscale eateries. Late hours support student group work in a space that is inviting and comfortable. Students now are flocking to a space that once had an institutional feeling, and now is a place they can enjoy and feeling like they are dining out.