The renovated McMahon Dining Center on the campus of the University of Connecticut has been awarded a LEED Gold certification. That makes it the first building on a Connecticut Public University campus to receive such a designation for Commercial Interiors, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which awards LEED certification.

Currently, there are 637 other LEED Gold projects that are listed as “higher education” location spaces, according to USGBC.

An FM analysis shows that only 21 of these include “restaurant” facilities, and only six are dining halls or function primarily as dining centers. These are...

• The Commons (Kennesaw State University)
• Court of Sciences Student Center (UCLA) 
• Cuarto Dining Commons (University of California-Davis)
• East Dining Hall (James Madison University)
• Resnik Dining Hall (Carnegie Mellon University)
• Stewart Commons (University of California-San Diego)

Renovation of the 14,000-sq.ft. McMahon facility, which links two residence hall towers, features a 5,000 sq.ft. addition that serves as a “glass pavilion in the woods,” allowing students to dine and gather by a glass curtain wall overlooking the campus foliage.   

In the servery area, display kitchens, rotating cuisine choices, and a variety of seating options from soft seating and study tables to dining counters offer students a superior dining experience.

“This is a terrific step forward in our service to students,” says Dennis Pierce, Director of Dining Services at UConn. “We have applied advanced, sustainable technologies while creating a great place people want to spend time in.”