Charleston, SC

Completion: 2010

Size: 16,600 sf

This dining facility was designed to not only nourish students at this historic all girls school, but also to teach the concepts of healthy nutrition and total wellness. The building consists of a dining facility, private dining area, student lounge, servery/teaching kitchen, and prep kitchen. To maximize the building's usefulness, Ashley Hall operates an after school program in the facility and offers fitness classes on its activity roof. Many features of the building were designed to allow sustainable practices such as reducing food waste volumes and eliminating cooking equipment that produces unhealthy foods. The building itself also includes high efficiency mechanical and electrical systems and thoughtful building enclosure design to reduce energy loss and heat gain. Exterior materials such as stucco, cast stone, window shapes and detailing recall existing elements found on the surrounding campus, and anchors the visible corner of Ashley Hall’s campus to the historic downtown Charleston area.