University of Dayton, Marycrest Dining Services Renovation

Dayton, Ohio

The Marycrest Residential Complex is a 200,000-square-foot facility that houses 890 students (mostly first-year students), and 12,000 square feet is assigned for use as the servery, dining and lounge areas. The original space was configured as two areas: the original serving line and dining room, and the main building lobby, separated by walls ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMHeapy Engineering; Edge and Tinney Architects; Ricca Newmark DesignCOST PER SQ FT$312.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas locks.

The new design was configured so that the new food court area could be secured from the dining/lounge/lobby areas. That enables students to have access to these social and study spaces even when the servery is closed. An after-hours cafe was incorporated into the plan to enable limited menu service during late-night hours. This venue also can be locked from the study/lounge areas.

The new food court contains a variety of venues: international, deli, grill, breakfast bar, dessert and salad bar, pizza oven and cafe. Each is distinct in its finishes and architectural details to give the effect of a food court. The common area has a mixture of sofas and lounge chairs, dining tables and chairs, booth seating and high-top tables with barstools. A new lobby desk, public restrooms and private dining room also were part of this renovation.