Gary Matson
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From the 2022 Architectural Portfolio: Western Carolina University, Brown Dining Hall

March 31, 2023
The project was recognized in the Renovation category.

The renovation of Brown Dining Hall at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., restores a long-unused 1960 dining facility to the core of campus life. By introducing a pedestrian spine, organized along a locally quarried stone-clad wall, this LEED Silver project reorients the existing building, creating a gateway that links upper and lower campuses. An outdoor dining terrace, an upper plaza and a stepped hillside respond to a campus culture that embraces the outdoors year-round. The original clerestoried dining hall was maintained, with all new finishes and systems. The servery was placed at the south end of the clerestory space, and the kitchen fully within the existing south wing, in order to open the western end of the dining room to mountain views.

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