West High School Cafeteria

West High School Cafeteria

Mankato, MN

Enrollment in this school district is on the rise and is expected to continue. As a result, the Mankato West High School cafeteria space required changes in order to meet an increase in the number of students and the changing food service expectations of today’s high school population. One important goal for the project was to create a more efficient and consolidated serving area in order to provide students with more time to eat, rather than standing in serving lines.

To enhance the dining experience for students, an expanded eating area was designed including a more centralized service area. School colors scarlet red and black are accented in tiled columns and painted in patterns on walls to boost school spirit. The cafeteria also expanded into a space that once served as an overflow seating area and small theater. Multiple seating options are now available in the dining area, including typical cafeteria tables with stools, high top counters, both round and rectangular tables with chairs, and booth style tables. The new food stations provide students more food options and create an atmosphere similar to a college campus.

The open and flexible nature of the plan also accommodates the cafeteria to be used as a secondary lecture or classroom space. Multiple personal mobile charging stations were also integrated into the seating arrangements as part of the modernization and expansion project.

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