This $1.2 million renovation involved the demolition and retrofit of the dining room and food serving area of Winslow Cafeteria, the main food venue on the Murray State University campus. The 28,287 SF building was updated to create a modern appearance for the 1960s era facility.
The dining rooms include decorative pre-cast concrete columns made to look like stone with a circular entablature displaying the crests of residential colleges of Murray State University. Multiple areas of the existing dining room floor were demolished to accommodate the new column foundations. Lounge areas were created for students and faculty to relax and include wall-mounted televisions. Wireless access points were added in the dining rooms to allow faculty and students to connect to the University Ethernet LAN with their laptop computers. Lighting inside the building was designed to be inviting, and dimmers and creative switching were used to create wide variations in illumination. The building egress lighting was reviewed and re-designed to comply with new Kentucky Building Code, which requires egress lighting to extend beyond legal exits by 30 feet on the outside of the building.
The serving line equipment was replaced with all new equipment including a wok with commercial exhaust hood and makeup air unit on the roof. The hood included automatic fire extinguishing equipment tied into the building fire alarm system.
This project is an excellent example of our ability to meet an abbreviated design schedule. The bid documents were delivered to the Owner 45 calendar days after the initial kick-off meeting. Completed on schedule, the project also bid at 0.5% below the A/E estimate, and featured in On-Campus Hospitality.