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Cornell Purcell Community Center

Phased renovation of a 3-story, 90,000 SF, c.1969 Brutalism-style campus building to create a new community center on the lower floors and marketplace eatery on the top floor. Work included renovating the lower two floors, modifying third floor food service operations; and addressing building wide impacts for life safety, access, utility infrastructure, cost and implementation.

 

The lower two levels were recreated to include a new cafe and auditorium, a mail center, student services center, billiards and game room, convenience store, computer laboratory, lounges, offices, conference and multi-purpose rooms. An opportunity for gathering was developed by opening up the center of the building into large concourse areas. Centered in the rotunda is a 2-story metal-sculptured interactive multi-media tower. The third floor dining center was transformed into a “move-n-pick” marche type eatery that serves over 4000 customers each day and 2000 at dinner.

 

Attributes of the project provided flexible differentiated dining featuring seven scattered serving stations with display cooking allowing individual selection. The diverse menu plan required integration of specialized equipment in main kitchen and front of house cooking stations. Self-serve, custom order, and all-you-can-eat options were program drivers. Preparation areas were required for expanded campus catering services, and a dining area for 600+ seating capacity.