The project consists of demolition of an old Snack Bar structure, and construction of a new 3,400 sq. ft. café in its place. The café consists of 3 distinct parts:
1) the kitchen and preparation area with direct access to a small service yard for deliveries and trash pick-up;
2) the servery and indoor seating space, featuring display cases and kiosks;
3) the outside shaded patio, featuring café tables and a dramatic curving seat wall.
Large folding glass doors open the interior seating area to the outdoor patio on two sides of the café building. Clerestory windows allow for natural lighting from above that illuminate the servery and indoor seating spaces. The project has been designed to meet LEED requirements, and is currently slated to achieve a LEED Silver rating. The design of the new café relates to the aesthetic of the existing campus by using concrete and glass and the main material elements.
The simple, subtle forms of the building also relate to the Mayan Revival design style of the campus, interpreted in a modern and classic expression. The café, equipped with wireless internet access, will be used extensively during the evening hours and thus has been designed with an engaging lighting palette, a racing students and inviting them into its spacious indoor dining area as well as its illuminated and heated outdoor patio spaces.