Nothing says eclectic like the dining hall of a college campus. From art majors to pre-med students, and business students to sports teams, the needs of the space are as diverse as a liberal-arts course catalog. No exception to this rule, the Hecht Stanford Dining Hall on University of Miami’s campus actually took this motley mix to the next level.

Primarily meant to be a freshman dining hall, Nvironment had to work closest with the Student Affairs office in creating an experience meant to boost school spirit and keep the university values top of mind for the diners. We accomplished this through graphic murals sweeping across the dining hall depicting campus life. Imagery of music & theater, Student Life & Housing, and intramurals were punctuated with fight-song lyrics and the alma mater to send the message home.

A variety of dining options were also designed to fit the varied community, such as large booths and open tables, while a sports bar—complete with bar-height community tables and a counter to see the action—was aptly incorporated.

Project Details

  • Client: University of Miami
  • Location: Coral Gables, Florida
  • Year: 2012


Since this was an addition to a 60s era building, Nvironment collaborated between an equally diverse group of departments such as university architects, the athletic department, and even Chartwells on the exterior design to ensure coordination with campus aesthetics, tying in to existing rooflines, incorporating new storefront entrances and walking paths to access the athletic fields.

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