Harvard University Dunster & Mather Halls

Cambridge, MA

Client

Harvard University Dining Services

Sustainability

LEED Silver Certified

Program

Renovate the 2,400 SF Dunster House servery, the 3,300 SF Mather House servery, and their shared 5,100 SF kitchen.

Challenge

Translate the Houses’ unique traditions into updated serveries that reflect the existing architectural character and support a home-away-from-home atmosphere.

Solution

Partnering with House Masters, students, Harvard University Dining Services, and Harvard Real Estate Services, PCA created consensus for designs that embrace each House’s culture and unique history. Dunster House references the traditional dining hall with a “manor house kitchen” look and feel, while Mather House fuses contemporary, modernist 1960’s architecture with a humanist approach. Both serveries reinforce the House community and create a more effective food service operation.

Result

The Dunster and Mather House Serveries were awarded “Outstanding Design” in American School and University’s 2005 Educational Interiors Showcase. The shared kitchen received LEED Silver certification, becoming the first LEED certified commercial kitchen in the country.

Awards

Educational Interiors Showcase

Outstanding Project, 2006

American School and University