Old Dominion University, Broderick Dining Commons

Norfolk, Virginia

  • FIRM

    Moseley Architects


    Old Dominion University

  • AREA

    43,733 sq.ft.





Design team:
Tipton Associates (Food Service Design); Vanasse Hange Brustlin (Landscape Architecture, Civil, and Survey); Lynch Mykins (Structural Engineering); Moseley Architects (MEP Engineering)

Broderick Dining Commons fronts 49th Street with an exterior composed of light-colored brick, precast concrete, and cast stone accents that is consistent with ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$456.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized existing architectural language of the campus. Outdoor plazas are situated on the east and south sides of the building. A two-story lobby welcomes visitors to a main dining area with multiple food venues and floods the interior with daylight. Student-focused amenities include family-style community tables, large-screen TVs, and a state-of-the-art music system. The second floor features a pre-function gathering area as well as an executive dining room and outdoor balcony for special events.
Designed to accommodate 600 to 700 patrons, the facility offers a unique marketplace-style environment with a variety of food venues—an Italian eatery with a rustic streetscape and fresh pasta made on site; an Asian restaurant that features a noodle bar, hibachi grill, and hot wok; a Mexican eatery that provides authentic cuisine; and a corner bakery that offers abundant natural light and tall volumes. The American Bounty restaurant offers students a sensory experience with a wood-fired grill and a water wall. A separate service window in the rotunda provides easy access to pastries, coffee, and cappuccino.
As a testimony to the green values held by Old Dominion University, the facility strives to raise environmental awareness among students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Focused on energy efficiency and water conservation, the design established an initial minimum energy performance target of 20 percent better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007. The sun’s natural path over the building site guided the location and orientation of glazing and shading elements. The building envelope uses an optimal amount of insulation, and mechanical system options were analyzed for both first cost implications and life-cycle payback opportunities.