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Class of 1920 Commons Dining Renovation

University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA
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Project Details

As part of a campaign to revitalize the university’s largest dining facility, and offer more food choices in a relaxed environment, BKP was engaged by the University of Pennsylvania Dining Services and Bon Appétit Management Company to reconfigure indoor and outdoor spaces for the Class of 1920 Commons Dining. Amenities now include a 1,440-square-foot fresh food island; 1,350-square-foot gourmet grocer; 1,380 square feet of pizza, pasta, and international food stations; 2,090-square-foot Starbucks, and 930-square-foot multi-purpose room. Design elements include linear wood ceilings to define spaces; frameless folding glass walls to provide access control while affording visual openness; and custom reclaimed-wood casework, pendant lighting, and refinished existing exposed concrete walls for a warm industrial look that complements the building’s original modern architecture. The dining area provides movable tables and chairs for flexible seating for 370. A lounge with a six-foot gas fireplace and soft seating offers a casual relaxation area, which extends to the updated courtyard with outdoor kitchen, trellis, and bamboo garden.

Media Coverage

American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase

American School & University: A Varied Diet

The Daily Pennsylvanian: Renovated 1920 Commons opens to students The New Commons

  • Client

    University of Pennsylvania | Bon Appétit Management Company

  • Cost

    $5 million

  • Size

    16,000 square feet

  • Honor

    2013 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase Outstanding Design

Images © Jeffrey Totaro

“The new 1920 Commons may be the first and only renovation that will change your view on on-campus dining!”