Kirksey was selected to design a new 20,000-sf dining facility for Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. The dining hall serves 325 to 450 students and provides a variety of seating options. Located near the center of campus, this new dining hall is significant as it is the first for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. From the start, the goal was to create a unique gathering space and destination that served as a focal point for students, while simultaneously enjoying an array of healthy dining options.
The campus’ proximity to the Gulf Coast allowed much creativity and visual freedom in the design, and the architectural team took inspiration from the surrounding land, territory and local nature. They decided to break each section of the dining hall into “zones,” which were aptly named after different areas of Corpus Christi: the beach, the pier, the shore, etc., which offer a variety of rotating food options. The use of incorporating self-serve food stations and eliminating cafeteria style lines has proven very effective, as the dining hall serves more than 1,800 students daily and remains the first and only dining hall on campus.