College Planning & Management

FEB 2013

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Facility Focus PHOTOS © ANTON GRASSL/ESTO.COM FOODSERV ICE FACILI T IES Northeastern University Curry Student Center (Dining Center) N ORTHEASTERN University's Curry Student Center Dining Center, designed by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates (PCA), opened in August 2012 and is seeing a 20 percent increase in revenue compared to the same period last year. The 30,000sq.-ft. Dining Center redesign features a new glassy mezzanine floating within an existing two-story glass space, bringing the seating capacity to over 700. The Curry Student Center — located at the epicenter of student life on campus — operates as a venue for special events, student services, dining, and stu- 54 dent activities. The Boston-based University sought to revitalize the Center, which was last renovated in 1992, to become a renewed hub of activity and a showcase for students, faculty, and visitors. PCA's design program includes the complete renovation of the 514-seat, ground floor dining area and the addition of a new 3,000-sq.-ft. suspended glass mezzanine with 168 dining seats and 28 lounge seats. The mezzanine — accessed by a new glass stair — links dining and student center functions, creating vibrant flow-through circulation and gathering places for both commuter and COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / FEBRAURY 2013 resident students. Northeastern brand identity is artfully displayed, utilizing University-themed design elements throughout the space, celebrating school spirit and providing a cohesive identity for this active space. Dining selections include Northeastern's own branded food concepts, popular local operators, and national vendors. The new design, with varying ceiling heights and choice of seating experiences from counters to lounge chairs, takes student socializing to a whole new level and has become the place to meet on campus. WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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