Project DescriptionSituated on more than 1,000 acres on Long Island’s North Shore, Stony Brook University was established a half century ago. Typical of university dining facilities built in the 1960s, Stony Brook University's Kelly Dining Hall was a dated, traditional, daytime-service cafeteria built for another era and student mindset. KSQ was challenged to keep the existing dining hall operational while constructing the new addition. The project also needed to give the building a sense of presence from the street, hide an unsightly loading dock located at a highly centralized point in the design, and offer natural light, diverse dining options and engaging furnishings to encourage student interaction.
KSQ's design has a modern glass "shard" steel and curtain wall envelope juxtaposed against the Brutalist character of the original dining hall that pushes the structure past nearby buildings and creates an iconic architectural element for the University's West campus.
A garden wall was created to visually block the loading dock access from the road. Featuring extensive windows and a striking red light fixture set within the double-volume ceiling, West Side Dining now acts as a beacon in the evening set against a wooded campus backdrop and amplifies the building’s connection to the environment and the pedestrian culture of the campus.