The KSQ designed Multipurpose Dining Hall is now open on the Texas Christian University (TCU) campus, and the 39,200 SF building takes its “multipurpose” title seriously. The space offers multiple dining platforms, an outdoor amphitheater, Greek Life offices, meeting spaces and multiple areas to study, socialize, watch TV or recharge-one’s self or one’s electronic devices. It’s just the “multipurpose” needed for today’s busy college student.
Situated to the north of Pamela and Edward Clark and Marion Hall, the new multipurpose building received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainability measures–including a perfect score in the Innovation and Design Process category.
A balcony from the second floor juts into another double volume space and connects visually to the second floor where a glass encased elevator and stair open to soft seating, Greek Life offices, and flexible space that can be used for dining, studying or special meetings and dinners.
Natural light is a key design element, with large windows creating a sense of openness and connection to the outdoors.
The high ceiling has acoustical metal panels formed into folded origami shapes that cascade through the space.
All of the seating areas feature ample power outlets and Wi-Fi access to support student connectivity needs, and throughout the building large format TVs are in place for watching the big game, movies or favorite TV shows.
The space offers 710 seats and a variety of seating options from table and chairs, banquette, bar seating and hangout destination spaces featuring lounge-style seating to create an oversized living room effect. Four dining platforms are offered–Tex Mex, a bistro, a grill and a healthy grab-n-go market option.
The exterior holds up to its “multipurpose” title by acting as an amphitheater. The space can be used for small performances or speakers with the use of a large scale projector against the building wall and the built-in seating for audience members.
The Multipurpose Dining Hall creates an anchor for the Worth Hills Village community that will house 1,770 students when complete, and supplements the amenities already offered to TCU students in the Brown-Lupton Union on the main campus.