Harvey Mudd College, Hoch-Shanahan Dining Commons

Claremont, California

The campus, designed by Edward Durell Stone, employs a vocabulary of 12-foot by 12-foot concrete block, square dentils applied to columns and fascias, vertical slot windows framed by masonry piers, flat roofs with overhangs and covered arcades.

The footprint of a single-level building of 26,506 square feet exceeded the space available if the central courtyard and “U” ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY420COST PER SQ FT$278.61FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio were to be maintained. Capturing the courtyard space into an atrium dining room provided needed space and respected the visual organization of the campus. The dining commons includes energy-efficient skylights, clerestory windows and high-bay space with exposed structure. It offers space ranging from private dining rooms and intimate areas to open airy space, and integrates the outdoor qualities of the mall. The climate is controlled by a displacement air system that delivers large volumes of conditioned air in extremely low velocities, and provides thermal and acoustical comfort.

The construction team collaborated to accelerate two projects, saving $600,000 in general conditions, management and materials. The facility cost $7,385,000 including sitework and utilities. Silver LEED certification is pending final commissioning in progress.