To continue attracting top-notch students and compete against leading universities, Stony Brook University undertook an ambitious new housing and dining project. A primary goal was to enhance students’ residential life experience by offering food- and technology-enabled meeting, social and recreation spaces by capitalizing on the use of dining hall CAPACITY759COST PER SQ FT$351.40FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress during non-peak hours.
The result is an integrated mixed-use space on the lower level, which accommodates the needs of students collaborating with each other and their professors. A modern architectural language, employing ironspot brick, cast stone and glass—which respects and relates to the materials used on existing campus buildings—the Toll Drive housing and dining project has a hotel-like feel, with dining and mixed-use spaces on the lower level and high-end, suite-style housing above. Phase one includes construction of the 1,000-seat dining facility and 300 bedrooms. Phase two includes 465 beds and a commons building, which links the two phases and serves as a social and activity hub, complete with Starbucks. The project is slated to be LEED gold.