An International Flavor for Dining

McMahon Dining Hall, University of Connecticut


UConn students are enjoying eating experiences and meals choices prepared to evoke cultural traditions from around the world. Available through its system of eight dining units across the Storrs campus, each unit is designed to provide a unique dining selection. This newly renovated dining hall features authentic ethnic cuisine with a scatter system type of service, and offers a variety of healthy alternatives each day. The venue features menus from a variety of global origins ranging from traditional to contemporary international foods. A marketplace design brings many of the kitchen functions out from the back of the house, engaging the customer in viewing the process of preparing and serving food.

The new kitchen and dining hall are ideally located between the two residential tower structures of the McMahon Hall which also houses international studies programs and a diverse student population. It includes the cooking on display feature through an open kitchen allowing for interaction with chefs and food preparers. The seating capacity was increased and included integrated fixed seating clusters. Food preparation methods range from woks and counter top burners to tandoori ovens popular in India. A “small plate” approach has been implemented in all areas except the salad bar and deli, which allows students to select a variety of foods in order to sample various dishes.


Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

Size / Cost

19,000 SF / $9 million


Best Small Project, 2013, Engineering News Record Power of Change Award – Most Energy Efficient Top Building, 2013, Power of Change Consortium, State of Connecticut 1st Place for Excellence in Renovation/Construction, 2013, Associated Builders & Contractors Small Projects Award of Merit, 2013 Connecticut Building Congress


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