This special project fulfills the School District’s requirements for a multi-function space to house a full-service kitchen, cafeteria and performing arts stage.
Philosophically, the School District’s desire was to treat students as adults. Thus the concept of a student being able to choose his/her lunchtime cuisine as well as where to eat it was of importance. Students are able to select from 4 different menu options at 4 separate serving lines. They are able to dine at both low and high tables, inside and outdoors. We are told that student behavior has improved given this facility that encourages social interaction.
The requirement of a stage tor speakers, performances and for the annual madrigal performance was the genesis for the circular organization and height of the building. The circular geometry is reinforced in the terrazzo floor patterns and floating fiberglass ceilings. The stage is outfitted with theatrical lighting and a sound system for performances.
The building presents an open and inviting appearance to the community as well as daylighting to the dining spaces via an 18-foot-high curved curtain wall exterior. Students access the cafetorium from the academic areas of the school via two light filled curved glass corridors to arrive at the exciting, light-filled 20-foot-high dining and seating space.
Other features include, a separate faculty dining and servery, ticket sales area and back-of-house support space for the stage.