Faulkner says the aim in designing the facility was tied to the fact that the location is the first dining hall on the academic side of campus. Therefore, the team wanted to design a facility that would encourage high levels of use, not only by students but also the rest of the university community.
"For years our initiative was to have restaurant-quality food and provide a restaurant experience, so in this design we created destinations where we have these segemented restaurants under one roof," Faulkner says. "If you go to our Atomic Pizzeria, you are actually going through a threshold. Once you are in that area of the dining center you would feel like you are in an independent pizzeria."