Newcomb Hall serves as an important hub of activity for students, faculty and staff of
the University throughout the calendar year. The building serves as a gateway to visitors
due to its diversity of functions and its location within the Central Grounds precinct.
The building had undergone several renovations since its original completion in 1958
and now contains over 160,000 sf on six levels. Meeting spaces include a large
ballroom, lounge and art gallery, dining facilities and a theater. In addition,
various offices and support spaces are located throughout the building.
The Newcomb Hall Dining Expansion project addressed the increased demand for dining
space at Newcomb Hall and enhanced the dining experience with a revitalized, more open
and light facility for dining and food service functions.
The project included a new 16,000 gsf, two story addition to the west side of
Newcomb Hall, and the renovation of 32,000 gsf of existing dining spaces on the
first and second floors. Approximately 500 new seats were added altogether.
New food service equipment and improvements to the mechanical infrastructure
increased operational and energy efficiency, facilitating the introduction
of contemporary menus and improved food preparation methods.
Additional improvements included a lobby and information center, relocated
post office and convenience store and new restrooms. Sitework at the
Newcomb plaza included new utilities, relocation of existing utilities and
restoration of portions of the plaza adjacent to the new addition.
In addition to improving the appearance and functionality of Newcomb Hall,
the project addressed pedestrian circulation issues to improve way finding
and to enhance and modernize the Newcomb Hall precinct by capturing
historical unifying values of the University.
The Newcomb Hall Renovations project responded to an increased demand for programs
and activities, while improving the facility's functionality and supporting infrastructure.
Aesthetic improvements throughout the building created a fresh, inviting and more
unified atmosphere while preserving traditional elements of the architecture and
surrounding landscape. Mechanical and electrical upgrades provided increased energy
and operational efficiency as well as improved comfort and safety for the occupants.
Restoration of the exterior terraces enhance the visitor experience by creating
inviting and memorable spaces surrounding the east side of Newcomb Hall.