Xavier University selected MSA Architects and Shepley Bulfinch to complete the design, development and implementation of the student housing master plan which included a new central dining facility for a total of 245,000 sf. MSA focused primarily on the dining facility and incorporated a fully integrated environmental graphics package for the dining facility and adjacent lobby to the residential building.
The graphics are conceptually based on the Gifts of the Ignatian Heritage and Jesuit ideals. Five oversized, full-color layered panels featuring the Ignatian Gifts, flank the entry wall into the facility. The dining hall is loosely sectioned off into various areas, from the serving stations and more traditional, communal tables; to cafe-style bar and high tops to more intimate and cozy booths. Each section reflects one of the Ignatian Gifts and features color-coded, large-scale, dimensional imagery of students on the oversized columns. Glass partitions received etched vinyl cut-outs of the Ignatian Seal, reflecting a sunburst shape, to add both privacy and dimension. Dimensional lettering acts as identifiers for each serving station, and perforated steel frames featuring the school’s athletic ’X’€ logo creatively mask the servery hoods. Ten-foot tall collages of student body activities and clubs add interest and color to the clean, modern residential hall lobby.