New York, NY
The UConn Co-op contracted with UConn Dining Services to operate the Cafe, envisioned as a small-town French bistro. An open-air, 1700 sf, design was desired by all, with free flow of traffic between the two areas. It was quickly decided the Cafe would need its own street entry in order to capture early morning breakfasts, but this created security challenges so the Cafe could operate independently of the bookstore. By putting it along the sloping street, it could be on an elevated slab, so it gets a grand view into the bookstore proper.
The student center renovation included a new servery, flooring, higher ceilings with improved sound absorption, new floor to ceiling windows that take advantage of the unique ocean views, and improved lighting to make the space feel more modern and open. A large screen was also installed for presentations.
The renovation expanded to include the Lillard Living Room. Bringing it back to its traditional elegance as a focal point of community life where new furniture, rugs and a fireplace will be installed for aesthetics. The renovation also included improvements to the bathrooms, storage for backpacks, coats and umbrellas, and new furniture and lighting throughout.
Currently under design for SUNY Purchase’s three-year masterplan to create student life improvements throughout campus.