Georgia Tech Dining Commons

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Georgia Tech Dining Commons

Location Atlanta, Georgia
Project Scope
50,000 SF
Georgia Institute of Technology

Designed by Cooper Carry, in association with Lake | Flato and Koons Environmental Design, West Village is situated in a residential area of campus that lacked a gathering spot available to all residents and visitors.  Whether meeting friends for a fresh meal, settling in for heads-down studying, rehearsing for a choral concert, or providing a place for quiet moments of reflection and serenity to offset the toll of intense academic rigor, the facility features a variety of thoughtfully designed spaces to support student success. The West Village is somewhat of an oasis; a reprieve from the usual academic setting, feeling more like the coolest new off-campus hangout than a typical campus commons.

The flexible $23.7 million, 50,000 SF facility includes seven different food venues, support kitchens, offices, four academic classrooms designed for music rehearsal, and ample dining, meeting and study spaces. Blurring the boundaries between inside and out, day lit interiors open directly onto large alfresco terraces on all three levels, and bridges from the 2nd and 3rd floors help create direct connections to the campus on all four sides of the project. The upper levels offer spectacular views of the Atlanta skyline, while the ground floor spills out into the active landscape seamlessly integrated with the architecture. The variety of seating types and locations serves the community throughout the day, transitioning from active to reflective and back again to suit users’ needs.

A centrally located interior stairway animated by natural light, honest materials and hand-painted graphics provides views to opportunities on adjacent floors and is complimented by an exterior stairway adjacent to the main entry. The stairs have drastically minimized elevator use, creating an additional wellness aspect for the new hybrid building. Additionally, the new dining options feature high-quality meal options in a setting that breaks from the traditional “college cafeteria” stereotype, with Panera, Starbucks, and several unique brands catering to student’s tastes.