Furman University, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities, sought out McMillan Pazdan Smith to lead the transformation of their 1950s era Dining Hall into the modern-day student amenity expected at top tier universities across the country. Understanding the importance these facilities play in the university’s recruitment efforts and their contribution toward the overall student life experience, McMillan Pazdan Smith drew upon the firm’s vast hospitality and higher education expertise to craft what has become one of the most popular student spaces on campus.
Working closely with the university’s food service provider, the team reconfigured the food preparation areas to increase efficiency while converting the cafeteria-like space into a highly appointed dining facility featuring a variety of seating, state-of-the-art technology, study niches and private dining rooms. The entire renovation maximized views toward the campus? signature water front and majestic oak trees.
McMillan Pazdan Smith worked closely with the contractor in a design-build arrangement to meet an accelerated three-month construction schedule which included significant system upgrades and an overall sustainable approach complying with Furman’s environmentally-conscious goals.