The Wow Factor

“WOW!” That is the student reaction to the new Osprey Café opened this fall at University of North Florida. Great food prepared by Chartwells at six exciting action stations, soaring ceilings creating airy and open space, unique architecture adding dramatic emphasis to the dining room, windows galore that bring the lake front dining right to your table, mezzanine views overlooking the action of the main dining room and outdoor balconies that allow Café dining along the lake and pedestrian boardwalk. The Osprey Café has quickly become the go to destination on campus.

Part of the new 4-story, 48,000 SF Osprey Commons Building, the new Café serves almost 3000 meals a day to the 16,000 plus students on campus. The 26,000 SF Café replaced the former student dining venue. Shoe-horned in between the housing office, an active dorm and Candy Cane Lake, access was a major concern during the construction of the project. Barton Malow utilized our Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to plan for the demolition and construction of the project. BIM technology allowed us to show the University what the project would look like at each phase during construction and it helped the subcontractors plan and manage their deliveries.

With all student housing to the south and the campus core to the north, the jobsite sat astride the major pedestrian thoroughfare. To prevent students from having to walk across the entrance to the jobsite, Barton Malow designed and built a temporary boardwalk along the edge of Candy Cane Lake.
The University liked the finished product so much that they elected to incorporate it as permanent feature into the project.

The Café is topped by two additional floors of construction. Campus Planning, Design, and Construction offices will have a permanent home on the third floor and the fourth features a Grand Ballroom and Faculty Lounge. These spaces get the same “Wow!” reaction as the main dining room.