Cornerstone University, Dining Commons Renovation

Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • FIRM



    The Christman Company

  • AREA

    11,500 sq.ft.





The university dining commons project consisted of an interior renovation of the existing lobby, servery and dining area. This project was deemed a critical first step in a new student-life initiative for the university.

Contacted by the construction manager in early April, the design team was hired to join ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMVisbeen Associates, Inc., Conceptual DesignCOST PER SQ FT$121.73FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service AreasSUB CATEGORYRenovation fast-track design-build effort to have the renovated space ready by early August prior to student arrival.

By creating a building information model (BIM) of the proposed space, the design team was able to communicate the design intent and complete construction documents in only three weeks.

Project highlights:

•The former servery, hidden behind a block wall, was opened up for direct appeal to students with a new curved window wall. The standard serving line was replaced with an a la carte scatter approach similar to food courts found in shopping malls.

•A total remodel with new colors, finishes and layout brings an upscale food experience to students.

•To entice students to stay and establish a sense of community, the dining area received new lighting, ceiling treatment, colors, finishes, and furniture. Its success is evidenced by constant use throughout the day and evening.