Food Service Building
Mt San Antonio College: Walnut, CA
The new Food Service Building at Mt. San Antonio College will provide primary food services for approximately ten years, after which it will continue operation as a satellite food service facility. The site of the Food Service Building is located in the northwestern portion of the campus’ Primary Instructional Zone, directly adjacent to all the Fine and Performing Arts instructional facilities, future parking garage and gateway plaza. This location allows for ease of access from the primary campus vehicle drive on the north.
Unique challenges were the small, steeply sloping site and continuous operation of the existing campus cafe during construction. A line of mature beautiful Tipuana Tipu trees on the south inspired the primary design approach for the building as a continuous terrace under the trees, which provides a parallel path adjacent to the main pedestrian walk and increases the seating area available. It connects all public spaces and provides flexible, open and easily accessible areas for student eating, gathering and meeting.