Towson University Newell Dining Hall

Towson, MD

Multi-station servery, cyber café
Booth and traditional dining seating
Sensitive integration of new building systems into the historic fabric
Creative design within existing structural column grid to minimize construction cost
Towson University
Cost Estimating, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration

Intended to offer a series of “moments,” the redesign of Newell Dining Hall transformed a 1970s institutional space to a contemporary, inviting environment offering modern service and menu options to satisfy today’s Towson students.

“The finished space exceeds all of our expectations for an exciting, unique atmosphere in which our students dine.”

—David Mayhew, University Architect, Towson University

A serpentine curved floor pattern—echoed in the ceiling above—provides an active element that visually leads users through the servery on a path of discovery. Low, accessible counters and the incorporation of preparation and serving into display cooking stages provide a more student-friendly experience. Adjacent to the servery, the use of built-in seating, suspended ceiling canopies, and architectural lighting transforms a previously underutilized dining area into an intimate and comfortable gathering environment.