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Michigan State University - Akers Hall Dining and Residence Renovation

A residence and dining hall redesigned

  • 392K

    Square Feet

  • East Lansing, Michigan

    East Lansing, Michigan

Establishing a centralized dining facility to promote a strong student community at Akers

The Akers Hall dining center on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus was constructed in 1964, and over the years, the dining hall had only seen modest renovations.

As part of MSU’s residential strategic plan, a new design completely renovated the kitchen, dishwashing, and dining space. It also moved food preparation from behind the scenes in the kitchen to several independent cooking/serving venues—right in front of the customers. The dining area accommodates 550 seats and is broken down into several distinct areas, each with their own character, including a sixteen-seat private dining room. On top of that, a new elevator provides wheelchair access.

In addition to the dining renovation, the entire residence hall was provided with a fire sprinkler system and a new fire alarm. Student lounges on each floor were renovated with new furniture and finishes. Each floor has designated social lounges as well as quiet collaborative study lounges.

This renovation provides a centralized dining facility for Akers and promotes community in the two adjacent residence halls.

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Meet Our Team

Patrick Calhoun, Principal, Business Center Operations Leader, Senior Planner

In educational building design, you like hearing how your design positively impacts students. When you extrapolate out to future generations, that experience is both joyful and humbling.
Patrick Calhoun Principal, Business Center Operations Leader, Senior Planner Read More

Kristin Simoneaux, Associate, Senior Mechanical Engineer

My goal is to design systems that benefit the client, the user, and the environment through innovative design.
Kristin Simoneaux Associate, Senior Mechanical Engineer Read More

Casimir Zalewski, Principal, Buildings

It is my goal to tailor a system that is reliable, maintainable, and efficient that folds into the architecture of the project.

Patrick Calhoun

Principal, Business Center Operations Leader, Senior Planner

Kristin Simoneaux

Associate, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Casimir Zalewski

Principal, Buildings

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