June and Frank Cowden, Jr. Dining HallMidland College Midland, Texas
Midland College engaged PSC to design a new dining hall. The project was funded by a generous donation from June and Frank Cowden. The optimal location was determined to be an addition to the Scharbauer Student Center (SCC) on the primary quadrangle of the campus and includes the North Parking Lot and new kitchen equipment. Construction began in February 2019 and finished in time for the fall 2020 semester.
The 18,600 SF project replaced the Jack Brown Dining Hall and increased seating from 300 to 474. The project includes a commercial kitchen to support daily dining and campus catering.
The addition was required to fit the campus architectural style which features a modern southwestern style with concrete massing, bronze metals and earth tone accents. The front entry includes a tall tower which can be clearly seen from the residence halls to the north and the main academic buildings to the south. Outdoor dining known as the Beal Patio can seat up to 40 and was designed to view to the main campus quadrangle as well as provide shelter from prevailing sun and wind. The new addition has achieved a seamless transition between existing and new construction.
The dining hall was designed to seat 474 who arrive at peak times and to include flexibility to support special events for holidays and campus programs. From a single point of entry to control payment, the dining experience is an easy flow of movement to serving counters. Colorful graphics and forms identify cook-to-order stations and celebrate fresh and healthy food choices including a pizzeria and fresh omelet station. A variety of seating options allow small and large gatherings, views to the campus, or intimate cafe-style dining. The adjacent Rotary Community Room supports club gathering for up to 72.
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dining hall addition including kitchen and North Parking Lot
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