Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, New Dining Hall

Collegiate & Higher Education


Corpus Christi, Texas


20,000 sf

Project Features
  • Centrally located dining hall
  • Serves 325 to 450 students
  • Variety of seating options
  • Outdoor spaces

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.

Steve Durham, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7521
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Spearheading collegiate projects, Steve's experience spans everything from dining halls and academic buildings to athletic facilities and religious institutions. Early in his 21-year career at Kirksey, Steve initiated the Outreach Committee which offers opportunities for staff members to volunteer their time for various local communities and non-profit organizations. He also leads the firm's membership in The 1%, a program connecting non-profits to architecture firms willing to provide pro bono services.

  • ASID Texas Gulf Coast Award, Community/Religious/Education, 2016