Pollock Dining Commons

University Park, PA

Services: Architecture, Construction Administration.

Project Narrative: Pollock Commons serves six residence halls located at the southern portion of the campus. Originally constructed in the 1950's, the 35,000 square foot complex had undergone several upgrades, but required a total renovation of its food service and dining venues to better accommodate contemporary student lifestyles.

The university retained MSM Architects of Seattle, who specialize in hospitality food service design, with whom RSH Architects collaborated, providing all regional design coordination, representation and contract administration for the $10.5 million dollar project. Six new venues feature diverse serving motifs and a private dining area. New finishes, casework, seating and lighting enhance each venue. The renovation included major upgrades to the building for code compliance, including full fire suppression and replacement of the exterior curtain wall and glazing. A new entry canopy and modifications to the primary entry stair provide controlled access to the second floor dining areas.