OSU’s University Housing and Dining Services approached the design team with the challenge of transforming a large existing open area into a variety of dining experiences and to also allow for multiple uses of the new space for dances, large and small gatherings, and educational events of different sizes. And the biggest challenge was to accomplish this work with a very restricted budget, much of which went toward upgrading the kitchen facility.
For this major renovation of the 27,740 sf dining facility, a variety of interior spaces and seating areas were developed to meet multiple uses. Walk-up counters at the convenience store provide ice cream and smoothies. Conference rooms became part of the streetscape. Different seating types were developed to help personalize the large space and include areas with banquettes, tables, stand-up counters, lounge areas and the ‘Stammtisch’ community table – a place to gather, find company and conversation.
An existing large conference room was transformed into an Espresso and bakery venue that serves students from early morning until late night.
Architect: gLAs Architects, LLC
Location: Corvallis, OR