North Dining Hall
Oklahoma State University

Constructed adjacent to Oklahoma State University’s new University Commons, the North Dining Hall is a light-filled hub for student community. Featuring six “mini restaurant” venues plus a movable demonstration venue where the chef can host cooking classes, the facility serves a variety of menu options for the modern millennial palate, including a meat carvery, noodle bar, Mediterranean, 24/7 breakfast, regional and allergen-free, which is completely enclosed in glass with a serving window to ensure students with food allergy needs are accommodated. The building also features a large production kitchen with state-of-the-art kitchen equipment as well as a bakery prep area for the 24/7 breakfast venue.

The open concept dining hall features 17’ open structure ceilings and accommodates more than 500 in variety of seating arrangements such as banquettes, bar-height tables and community tables made from retro-style prep tables repurposed from other kitchens across campus. A key design feature is the two double-volume, glass encased “lanterns” on the north and southeast corners of the building where students can hang out and enjoy views of the nearby football stadium. The structure includes a partial basement, which is to be used as a tornado shelter using ICC 500 high-wind event loading criteria.

Howell & Vancuren provided landscape and irrigation design services. The west end of the building opens up onto the quad created by the residence buildings. East of the dining hall, a wide curvilinear sidewalk with shade trees provides access for students on their way to class. Plant selection was coordinated with the University.

(landscape architecture services provided by Howell & Vancuren before joining Wallace)

Photography: ©Melissa Lukenbaugh Photography


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