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Fribley Commons Dining Facility

Case Western Reserve University
A major student dining hall is re-envisioned for innovation and flexibility.
Case Western Reserve University_Fribley Commons_Exterior
Cleveland, OH
25,000 GSF
LEED Silver

The renovation of Fribley Commons transforms a 1960s-era dining hall into a vibrant center of student life. The new design complements the building’s distinctive midcentury sawtooth roof with transparent volumes that highlight internal program activity and address the public streetscape. A new addition reconfigures and clarifies the main entrance and circulation to articulate a welcoming gateway to the university’s South Residential Village.

Designed to support state-of-the art foodservice delivery and innovation, the new facility features distinct restaurant concepts that enable an inclusive range of dietary needs. These restaurants also function as flexible spaces for late night options and other programmatic events while a variety of furniture options promote gathering and comfortable places to socialize or study. The high-performance design supports sustainability in all aspects of campus dining operations, and encourages healthy life-long habits through nutrition education. The dining program is supplemented by visible student meeting and gathering spaces that animate the outdoor realm and contribute to a vital 24-hour campus hub.



AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Honorable Mention
AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Honor Award for Institutional Architecture
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