Renewing the campus to revitalize a growing student community
The idea of breaking bread together every day is central to Fairfield’s student life ideals, and a basis for the strong sense of community that distinguishes the University. Our renovation and expansion of the Barone Campus Center renews this 1960s-era building, accommodates enrollment growth, and revitalizes the community-shaping experience of dining together.
- Speed: Because Barone is the only dining facility for the University’s 4,000 students, it must remain open for the entire academic year. We are meeting this aggressive schedule by closely coordinating the design with the University and the construction manager; using design assist, strategic early packages, and pre-fabricated exterior assemblies; and by implementing a careful phasing plan.
- Stewardship: Our design strategy judiciously reuses interior finishes and fixtures, restores elements that are in good condition, and preserves resources to make more dramatic interventions where it is practical (and a good return on investment) to do so.
- Impact: When completed, the renovation (26,000 GSF) and addition (23,000 GSF) will project a dramatic new image, providing a dramatically improved entrance and circulation sequence, a 710-seat expanded dining room and servery, and casual meeting spaces to encourage use beyond mealtimes.