This significant award-winning interior renovation project turned Braiden Dining Center into one of the greenest venues in the college dining world! Serving as many as 1,000 customers for lunch every day, this dining hall has quickly become the preferred one to use on campus.
This major renovation included 100 additional seats, new kitchen hoods, equipment, freezers, coolers and a new dishroom with pulper to compost food waste, which has already reduced water usage by 80%, and the rack dish machine which has reduced water consumption by 50%. The eight new hoods feature thermal optic sensors that control fan speed, reducing air flows by 60%. In addition, a new blast chiller reduces the thermal shock load.
Colorful flooring throughout is made from 76% agricultural residues including pine resin, wood flower, jute, limestone and linseed oil. The carpeting is made from recycled plastic bottles, the serving stations are covered with recycled aluminum and rapidly renewable agricultural products that are a bio-friendly alternative to hard woods including wheat straw and sunflower hulls, and the countertops and wall tiles contain recycled glass. Some walls are made from cork, a highly renewable resource. Finally, a fire sprinkler retrofit of the residential portion of Braiden Hall was coordinated with the fire suppression system design for the dining hall.