Seneca College receives new food hall including healthy options for students

An intricate renovation and addition project at the heart of Seneca College’s Newnham Campus converted a cafeteria and small food court into a dining hall and central gathering space, doubling the size of the existing complex. Photo courtesy Tom Arban Photography Inc.

An intricate renovation and addition project at the heart of Seneca College’s Newnham Campus converted a cafeteria and small food court into a dining hall and central gathering space, doubling the size of the existing complex.

The campus is defined by a series of buildings, connected by a common corridor originally terminated at the traditional student cafeteria. The corridor was redirected through the old cafeteria to create a pedestrian street lined with food stations, a variety of seating options, and flexible public gathering spaces that can be used for art shows, buskers, and art exhibits.

The 3252 m2 (35,000 sf) project includes a 557 m2 (6000 sf) multi-purpose dining hall addition which defines and offers views of a new landscaped quad and features a south-facing covered outdoor terrace. The new dining hall is equipped with two large projection screens, motorized blinds, full AV media capability, and a large-format LED screen—a scale of amenities not offered elsewhere on the campus.

The new food hall offers students a wide selection of healthy food options from five large food stations, and a freestanding market selling fruits, vegetables, fresh and frozen food options, and more. The stations include new state-of-the-art kitchen equipment designed to respond to changing food tastes over time, without the need to make further major equipment changes. New electronic stations offer students a variety of ways to order and pay for their food selections.

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