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University of North Carolina at Greensboro Dining Hall Renovation and Expansion

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Dining Hall Renovation and Expansion | Greensboro, North Carolina

This project entailed a comprehensive renovation of 85,000 sq. ft. of the existing dining hall facility and expansion of an additional 119,000 sq. ft. on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus.

Project Details

This four-phase project began with asbestos remediation, selective demolition of the existing architectural, fire alarm, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems, and continued on to include adding a new structural system, MEP and fire protection.

Once the structural and MEP support spaces were complete, the interiors were built to create a "food court" style facility with a main kitchen, nine satellite kitchens, communal seating area, meeting space and additional support spaces.

Since completion, the project has earned the 2015 Wood Design Award from WoodWorks, the Wood Products Council. According to WoodWorks, while the project “showcases the beauty of heavy timber on a grand scale, much of the advantage of using wood came from its light weight.” During construction, the dining hall continued operations. The light weight of the glulam wood allowed the team to erect individual arches over the building’s interior; the crane reach required for a heavier building material would not have been possible.

The project was completed in 2014 through a tri-venture of Hardin Construction, Rodgers and Davis. DPR acquired Hardin Construction in April 2013.