Sited on a natural, gently rolling grassy field that ascends into a ravine river way, the new 625 seat, 46,000 SF Dining Commons meets the needs for additional campus dining on the Western Campus, while providing five distinct dining experiences each delineated by the natural stepping of the building. The building is strategically sited at the nexus of the new student housing district on Western Campus and along a new walkway that forms the backbone of travel across the area, further connecting both campuses.
The unique multi-level dining experience celebrates the natural landscape with large open vistas, connecting diners to the outside by incorporating the views, exploring tall dramatic space. Diverse comfortable seating fills these spaces, with expansive natural light and a fireplace at the south end. Outdoor terraces provide comfortable engaging dining and working hub, furthering the indoor outdoor relationship.
The marche-style dining layout houses a variety of tables, booths, counter seating and high-tops. The south end of the building provides outdoor seating and space for banquet seating, catering and special functions.
Sustainable features include a rooftop rain garden, on-site storm water retention and filtration, and LED downlighting. Exterior finishes, specifically Indiana limestone and western red cedar, flow into the building's interior to blur the lines between the dining hall and it's natural setting and large expanses of glass take advantage of surrounding views.