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University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati

Five Year Renovation Project

Winner of the NACAS Innovative Achievement Award for the University of Cincinnati Dining Pavilion.

Project Description:

In March 2001, The University of Cinncinati’s 65 year old Tangeman University Center closed. The UC needed to find an appropriate solution to supply interim facilities for the students with the quality of amenities and finishes typical to their existing brick and mortar facilities. A total of 45,000 square feet of Sprung structures were utilized as follows:

  • Dining Facility – 88.6′ x 200′ – 18,000 sq. ft.
  • Student Office – 30′ x 150′ – 4,500 sq. ft.
  • Community Services Office – 30′ x 130′ – 3,900 sq. ft.
  • Student Government Pavilion – 50′ x 100′ – 5,000 sq. ft.
  • Event Pavilion – 60′ x 60′ – 3,600 sq. ft.
  • Event Pavilion – 70′ x 150′ – 10,500 sq. ft.

Dining Pavilion receives National Award

It’s been called a bubble, tent and Sprung structure. It’s only temporary, but now it’s officially a winner. University of Cincinnati’s Dining Pavilion has won the Innovative Achievement in Auxiliary Services Award, given by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS).

Steve Sayers, assistant vice president for Campus Services, accepted the award in New Orleans Nov. 6. It recognizes UC’s innovations in creating the Dining Pavilion, a temporary structure during MainStreet construction and renovation of the student union. The award honors innovations that may serve as models for other institutions.

Since the pavilion opened in March 2001, dining sales have increased, despite a 64 percent drop in seating capacity compared to the closed student union. Food service provider Aramark has achieved a 9 percent reduction in labor costs and an 8 percent drop in food costs. And to top it all off, after the Main Street construction is complete in two and a half years when the Dining Pavilion is no longer needed, the university can resell it for 60 percent of its current value.