Extent and Type of Work Performed
The Socrates Café is part of the first phase of Life University’s commitment to transition from a commuter institution to a “Livable Campus” and is included in a renovation of the Center for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies that will provide a new full service bookstore, Nutrition Lecture room with demonstration kitchen, and a new laboratory for the Dietetics Program. The 200 seat dining room supports not only the café food service operations, but serves as a 24 hour student center with a bookstore, meeting rooms, Café Servery, and a “Grab and Go” market. Bold curving walls and ceiling elements rendered in rich materials and colors create a dramatic backdrop for the food service, bookstore, and meeting room program elements. In the dining area, a variety of seating types are arranged under high ceilings, providing traditional table, bar-top, banquet and lounge seating, all supported by wireless data and interactive video technology to foster collaborative learning.
Designed for LEED Gold level certification, the renovated facility transformed an underutilized utilitarian building surrounded by a parking lot into a vibrant student center set among a thriving landscape of native plants and tranquil water features, which will set the standard for the campus-wide program for the renovation of buildings and landscape into a unified livable campus to serve the next generation of Life University.
Collins Cooper Carusi
Dates of Design and Construction
Began: 2009 / Completed: 2010