Dining Commons Earns Accolades

Centerbrook Architects renovation of McGovern Hall was featured as the “Facility Design Project of the Month” in Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine.

The project, which transformed a mid-century dining facility, creates a vibrant student gathering place at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ). Conceived to enhance dining, social interaction, and special events, it features a lively micro-restaurant servery, expanded and easily reconfigurable seating areas, and dining spaces that accommodate up to 325 people.

Founded in 1932, USJ operated as a private university for women until 2018 when it began admitting men. The renewed McGovern Hall, which was executed with the multidisciplinary team of Bakergroup, FIP Construction, BVH Integrated Services, and Illuminate, officially opened in January, 2020.

“We were drawn to the opportunity to breathe new life into a handsome neo-Georgian building. Now the school community can break bread together in a bright and modern dining facility. We’ve also created a flexible armature for special events that will really enhance the campus experience.” Principal Emeritus Chad Floyd, FAIA
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