Collegiate dining halls from the 50’s are a food service nightmare. From cumbersome queuing patterns to sequestered kitchens, the loss is on the diner and staff alike. It’s no wonder, then, why we were relieved that Quincy University in Illinois asked us to refresh their cafeteria. And this space was an archetype for antique dining.
Thankfully, the dated building had good bones. A low perimeter overhang opened to a massive area without any visible supports. This vaulted central space was surrounded by a ring of clerestory windows. Sunlight cascades deep into the space driving the choice of neutral flooring, simple interior finishes with pops of bright colors in the furniture and some casework.
This 12,000SF dining hall includes a breakfast nook complete with all the comforts of your kitchen at home including a large bar height breakfast bar for gathering.
- Client: Quincy Dining
- Location: Quincy, Illinois
- Year: 2016
To make the massive space more usable, we created large sliding doors that close a portion of the room off for privacy. These doors were clad in galvanized metal to match the same metal panels on top of the community tables. This special space can be used for medium-sized parties and even has a table to seat thirteen.