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Class of 1953 Commons

Dartmouth College | Hanover, NH

The 1937 Thayer Dining hall is now a contemporary dining facility. Now known as the ‘53 commons, it is the primary dining venue for undergraduate students, just off Dartmouth’s Green quad in the heart of campus. The 20,000-square-foot dining and 12,000-square-foot servery seat the entire undergraduate student population under one roof. Adjoining dining rooms add another 350 seats.

The renovation retains the contextual charm of the original 1930s Georgian brick on the exterior. A contemporary granite and black steel main entry stair and ramp set stage for a new, modern, interior. The vibrant student commons offers state-of-the-art food options and menus, new student spaces for private and larger social gatherings and is open 24 hours a day.

It is important to note that the entire building was renovated while it remained in full service; occupied and operational.

The building envelope has been upgraded to increase occupant comfort and energy efficiency. Completely new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems meet 21st century codes and are designed to LEED Silver standards.


2012   American School & University | Educational Interiors Award

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72,000 sf
1,093 seats

COST (2011)

$22 million