The Project

A light-filled hub for student community is the hallmark of a new 26,000 SF dining hall at Oklahoma State University located on Hall of Fame Drive. Featuring six “mini restaurant” venues plus a movable demonstration venue where the chef can host cooking classes, the facility serves a variety of menu options for the modern millennial palate, including a meat carvery, noodle bar, Mediterranean, 24/7 breakfast, regional and allergen-free, which is completely enclosed in glass with a serving window to ensure students with food allergy needs are accommodated. The building also features a large production kitchen with state-of-the-art kitchen equipment as well as a bakery prep area for the 24/7 breakfast venue. The open concept dining hall features 17’ open structure ceilings and accommodates more than 500 in variety of seating arrangements such as banquettes, bar-height tables and community tables made from retro-style prep tables repurposed from other kitchens across campus. A key design feature is the two double-volume, glass encased “lanterns” on the north and southeast corners of the building where students can hang out and enjoy views of the nearby football stadium. The center volume of the facility is on an axis with the quad between new residence halls, terminating in a glass “box” directing students to the renovated c-store. Office support spaces for the chef, accounting and other admin functions are also housed in the building.

The Details

Project Type: New Collegiate Dining Hall
Project Size:  26,000 SF / 502 Seats
Completed: 2016
Client: Oklahoma State University
Services: Planning, Programming, Architecture and Interior Design