University of Hartford – Commons Dining Hall

Higher Education
Architect Beacon Architectural Associates
Size 37,750 sq.ft.
Cost $7,7000,000

The Commons dining hall, which was originally built in 1970, was designed to provide food for approximately 1,400 students. Today, it serves more than 2,500 students per day. In order to keep up with the growing student population the dining hall underwent a dramatic transformation, creating a more inviting space from the entrance through the servery and into the seating area, offering greater flexibility in both food preparation and variety.

CES provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design services for the complete renovation of this popular dining facility on campus. Renovations included: the installation of a new plumbing system, which included distribution of hot and cold water; vent and waste piping and hot water generation; a new penthouse mounted HVAC system including fans, distribution ductwork, and associated controls; and a new commercial kitchen exhaust system.

Other upgrades include completely new finishes, seating, and equipment. The dining hall now features a brick oven, a new allergen-free zone with a private pantry for guests with special dietary needs, an expanded bakery and kosher kitchen, and new private dining room available to the community as needed.