University of Wisconsin--Madison, Gordon Dining and Event Center

Madison, Wisconsin

  • FIRM



    University of Wisconsin--Madison

  • AREA

    94,700 sq.ft.





Situated among several residence halls that collectively accommodate 3,000 students, the new University of Wisconsin—Madison’s Gordon Dining and Event Center replaces the campus’ existing dining facility, built in 1965. 

The 94,700-square-foot facility provides students with marketplace-style dining, offering 12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMPotter Lawson, ArchitectCOST PER SQ FT$359.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas venues. 

The goal of the project was to create anything but an ordinary dining hall. It is a place for enhancing student life—collaborative planning was integral to create a place that would encourage students to linger and collaborate, enhancing the campus experience.


With seating for more than 600 students, the commons is sited along a major campus pedestrian mall and features:

•An outdoor plaza and lawn for event programming.

•Game-day barbecues.

•Outdoor movie screenings.

•Expanded meeting spaces with a ballroom, meeting room and a series of meeting spaces, all supported by catering from the commissary below.

The site is part of the campus master plan, extending the main axis from the union and library to the residence halls surrounding the center.

“Good choice and use of materials create a variety of seating experiences. Warm, thoughtful, interesting and engaging.”--2013 jury