Western Carolina University, Courtyard Dining Hall

Cullowhee, North Carolina

  • FIRM

    Clark Nexsen, PC


    Western Carolina University

  • AREA

    45,000 sq.ft.





The new Courtyard Dining Hall encompasses 45,000 square feet on two floors and was designed to expand Western Carolina University’s seating and food-service capacity to accommodate projected enrollment growth. It is adjacent to two new residence halls, which together will form a traditional collegiate quadrangle in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$318.10FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas core.

To complement the existing and planned campus, the Courtyard Dining Hall facade is constructed of red brick with light cast-stone accents in Georgian expression. The first floor has two franchise venues and a convenience store that can function separately from the rest of the building. The rest of the first floor arranges food services at the edges of an open seating area, creating a piazza-like sense of public space.

The second-floor cafeteria follows suit, dispersing thematically organized stations, such as stone-oven pizza, international cuisine, home cooking, sandwich deli, steakhouse salad bar and a dessert bar.

The interior design creates intimate spaces following the thematic divisions, but is united by the piazza motif, shown in the radiating geometry of the ceiling and monumental stair.