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  Northern Arizona University Dining Hall Expansion Phase IINorthern Arizona University Dining Hall Expansion Phase II


Jason Boyer Architects
1729 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016

General Description

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Date Bid: Dec 2012
Construction Period: Dec 2012 to Aug 2013
Total Square Feet: 10,096
Site: .5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 5,048; second floor, 5,048; total, 10,096 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’ 4”; second floor, 13’ 8”; total, 28’ 10”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, curtain wall, rainscreen, metal panel, concrete, EIFS.
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Rudow + Berry - 4021 N. 75th Street, #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Kinney Construction Services, Inc. (KCS) - 120 Beaver Street, #100, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Electrical Engineer: Woodward Engineering, LLC - 203 S. Smith Road, #101, Tempe, AZ 85281
Civil Engineer: Peak Engineering, Inc. - 1110 N. Agassiz Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Food Service: Frank Redmond Design Group - 2639 E. Chambers Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040

The Northern Arizona University Dining Hall Expansion is an addition to east face of the existing Student Union, a central hub for student activity at NAU.

The Dining Hall expansion was as a solution to increase the seating capacity of the Student Union. The primary challenge was that the existing Student Union was landlocked and had reached the maximum allowable area for its construction type.

Jason Boyer Architects designed the two-story expansion as an independent structure that connects to the existing building via a pedestrian bridge. The approach creates increased seating capacity on the second level with spectacular views of the San Francisco Mountain peaks while maintaining critical ground level pedestrian circulation under and through the building. The building really functions as destination food pavilion, activated by a ground level Starbucks and grab-n-go pizza, within the primary campus pedestrian way.

The expansion was really shaped by the existing campus circulation paths and a relationship to the prior expansion designed by the same team. Together they govern the area giving the new structure its wedge like appearance. Building materials were selected with deep profiles and strong horizontal lines to reinforce the idea of movement and visually reduce the scale of the new structure. Glazing was used strategically where overlap between student activity and the pedestrian way are maximized.

Timing was of critical importance to NAU. The project had to be completed by Fall 2014 school start. Jason Boyer Architects and Kinney Construction teamed under a design/build approach to complete the project in the allotted 10-month schedule. The new 10,000 square foot addition and 2,000 square foot renovation to the existing Student Union building was completed on time and budget.

More information about this project

Product Information
Building Envelope: Morin Matrix Series, Thermafiber, Timbertech
Roofing: Morin, Fibertite
Curtain Wall: Arcadia Inc with PPG Glazing
Entrances & Storefronts: Arcadia Inc with PPG Glazing
Flooring: Interface Floor, Roppe
Lighting: Con-Tech, Columbia, Pinnacle, Prescolite, Luminaire, Isolite, Hubbell
Elevators: Otis

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