Western Michigan University - Valley Dining Center

Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Exterior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup
Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Exterior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup
Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Exterior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup
Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Exterior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup
Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Interior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup
Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Interior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup
Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Interior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup

The Valley Dining Center is not just a place to eat, it serves as a community beacon for social gathering, transforming an underutilized residential neighborhood into a vital extension of the campus core. With an emphasis on the views to the nearby pond and array of trees, the experience results in a pleasant connection to nature.

客户

Western Michigan University

位置

Kalamazoo, MIchigan

市场/服务

Architecture, Building Enclosure Consulting, Higher Education, Interiors, Lighting Design, MEP Engineering, Student Life, Sustainable Design

大小

67,000 SF

特色奖项

LEED Silver

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), National, Illumination Awards - Award of Merit, 2017

查看所有奖项

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Detroit Section, Illumination Awards - Section Award, 2017

International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Michigan Chapter, Design Awards, 2017

Driven to build smarter communities that complement and enhance living conditions on the University’s campus, Western Michigan University sought to create a new campus dining facility that provides a community gathering space by consolidating three separate dining centers into a new energy efficient social parlor and study sanctuary.

The mission was to create an iconic dining venue to be used as a recruitment tool for new students and a valuable amenity for the community, as well as design a site that enhances pedestrian activity and safety, while respecting the ecologically-sensitive landscape. As such, the building emulates nature and movement housing a prominent entry and lobby with the seating areas leveraging desirable views of the adjacent pond, campus and green spaces surrounding the complex.

 

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To accommodate an increasingly diverse campus population with varying needs, the new dining facility offers an enhanced range of food offerings in a restaurant–style environment with a variety of seating options. Also included is a state-of-the-art pantry accommodating food allergies and intolerances, a first of its kind on the campus. A retail café and an outdoor patio encourage collaboration and serve as a social hub for student gatherings.

 

Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Interior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup
Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Interior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup
Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Interior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup
Western Michigan University Valley Dining Center Interior Kalamazoo Higher Education Architecture SmithGroup