Last week, CannonDesign team members unveiled new interior renderings of the University at Buffalo’s (UB) One World Café as part of a student-engagement event on campus. UBNow has published a recap of the event with the renderings online.
One World Café will be an authentic, internationally themed eatery centrally located on UB’s campus between Capen Hall and Founders Plaza that engages the broader goals of UB’s Heart of the Campus initiative. As Graham Hammill, vice provost for educational affairs describes it, the project offers, “a first-floor, 500-seat dining area will offer visitors a central hearth and a new connection to the (campus) Spine… (it’s) a different concept from a food court, where visitors usually eat and leave. One World Café will include spaces for students to study and to engage with one another and with faculty in a relaxed, communal environment. The vision has greatly benefitted from the voices of campus stakeholders, including students. This will be much more than a place to eat.”
In addition to unveiling new renderings, our team also met with students and staff. UBNow captured feedback including the below quotes:
“What I like is the architecture,” second-year student Margaret Lowe said following one of four slide show presentations in Silverman Library by two members of the CannonDesign project team. “It is so open, with lots of windows and light. The colors are clean and inviting and appeal to everybody’s eye.”
“I also think with the size of the dining area, it will help with the peak rush period. I like the idea of using all of the fresh ingredients and offering a greater selection of seasonal choices. This will be great for UB,” said Vicky Zheng, a PhD student at UB.
During the event, students and other guests were also able to enjoy samples of two potential menu items for One World Café: a Mediterranean entree, with preserved lemons & couscous, and an Indian entree, Dal Tadka & Basmati Rice.