Northeastern University Stetson East Dining

Boston, MA

This project is a spectacular success! Our new dining facility and student center have had a dramatic, positive effect on our students’ residential environment. The compatibility of the project team and dedication of Prellwitz Chilinski has produced one of the smoothest projects I have been associated with – on time and on budget.

– Bill Mallon, Business Manager, Northeastern University

Client

Northeastern University

Program

15,000 SF renovation and addition for new student dining and social center

Challenge

Re-position the dining hall of an aging dormitory into a new meeting place where students can gather informally or dine at cutting-edge restaurant concepts.

Solution

A new glass atrium forms a welcoming, transparent link between two existing dormitories, and provides a highly visible indoor/outdoor public space for dining and performances. A new landscaped entry court and canopy, wood paneled elevator for accessibility, and rich color scheme upgrade the public image of the dormitory.

Result

The multi-award-winning space led to 100% occupancy in the adjacent, and formerly undesirable, Stetson dormitories. Overall, meal plan enrollment increased significantly – students from nearby schools even enrolled in single courses at Northeastern for access to Stetson East.

Awards

Educational Interiors Showcase

Silver Citation, 2000

American School and University

Innovative Achievement Award, 1999

The National Association of College and Auxiliary Services

Publications

Contract Design
August 2000
“No Meal Plan Blues”

On-Campus Hospitality
May 2000
“Northeastern University Opens Award Winning Dining Hall”

American School & University
May 2000
“Student center creates new gathering space”

College Services Administration Journal
April 2000
“Stetson East Revitalization:
21st Century Program”

Food Management
April 2000
“Great Spaces: Restaurant Dining at Meal Plan Prices”

Campus Dining Today
Spring 2000
“‘Hat’s Off’ to Northeastern’s Stetson East Marketplace”

Food Service Director
December 1999
“TRENDSETTERS: Northeastern marketplace breaks new ground”