Curtis Dining Hall

Denison University

The goal of the renovation of the Curtis Dining Hall on Denison University’s Granville campus is to create a customer focused, student friendly, more functional and energy-efficient and productivity-efficient environment.

The existing dining hall, built in 1967 spans two floors and has many of the original MEP systems. The kitchen and dining areas are designed as exhibition style cooking, focusing on fresh, quality ingredients with as much local sourcing as possible to support the University’s sustainability efforts. The adjacent meeting room is designed to be an integral part of the dining experience while functionally being able to be separated to support independent catered events.

The combined seating capacity is 500 for both spaces, providing a variety of seating options. Through an operational evaluation, the back of house functions were functionally evaluated and reorganized to drive staff work flow efficiencies. Electrical switchgear and all distribution systems are being replaced, the air handling systems and exhaust systems in the building are being replaced and a fire protection system is being added. The restrooms have been relocated for optimal placement and all underground piping updated. Phasing of the project is critical to meet University requirements for summer construction phases for a project of this magnitude meeting tight construction constraints.