Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Dining Commons
The Embry Riddle Aeronautical University campus had its beginning by occupying the original 1960’s campus of Prescott College which closed in 1974. Over the years, the aging student life facilities began to struggle to meet the needs and image of the growing campus. The program for the new Dining Commons called for a facility more centrally located near student life facilities (dormitories, etc.), a building that conveyed a message of the importance of the residential students, and that spoke to the image of a world class aeronautical university.
The new Dining Commons Building is a 17,500 sf, $4.6 million facility strategically located adjacent to on campus student housing at the base of a hillside which slopes towards the main campus. Constructed of materials utilized in other newer buildings on campus, the building exterior presents a collage of color, yet continuity, to celebrate the building’s function as a student gathering area.
The dining area accommodates 220 seats and is served by two servery islands in the dining area and a primary servery line adjacent to the main kitchen. The interiors are designed to make students feel at home, as though they are in a modern restaurant, with dining options to fit a broad range of palettes. Abundant daylighting includes openings situated to buffer direct sunlight while providing quality natural light for intimate gathering and dining areas. A convenience store zone is provided for regular and after hours needs, or for late night snacking.