Arkansas Tech University
Food Service Facility
Renovation & Addition
Merit Award Winner - AIA Gulf States Region
Gold Award Winner - ASID South Central Region Excellence in Interior Design
Chambers Cafeteria is the primary dining facility for Arkansas Tech University. In 2013, Chambers Cafeteria was at the end of its effective service, serving more than three times the number of students than it was previously designed to accommodate. New construction was considered but maintaining the primary dining facility in the center of the campus was important to the university, therefore the solution was to renovate.
The goals were to create an exciting dining experience with decentralized flow to avoid long, crowded lines and replace and modernize the existing systems infrastructure. The design solution created one continuous open dining area by removing the traditional back-of-house kitchen and joining the east and west dining rooms. The new 2,400 SF east glass addition set a new roof elevation higher than the original that created a warm, naturally lit area. The project doubled the seating capacity and was completed on a five-month timetable and within budget.