Peterson Dining Hall is the first of 23 buildings to be built on the property. DPR teamed together with Structor Group for the first phase of Camp Southern Ground. The dining hall is a ground-up, multi-purpose and entertainment venue to be used by campers and for special events. The 19,500-sq.-ft. facility includes a full kitchen, six dumbwaiters to convey food, a pharmacy and a large dining area to accommodate patrons. Sapele Mahogany, donated by Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars, adorns cathedral ceilings and custom millwork benches.
The integrated project team was able to deliver the project with a tight budget and an expedited schedule. Programmatic elements include an integrated A/V system, four square courts, gathering areas and kitchen waste reuse provisions for the organic farm. The open plan offers visibility as the users to flow from one activity to the next.