Bauccio Commons

Designed in collaboration with EDG Interior Architecture and Design, Bauccio Commons was a two-phased project that expanded dining seating and services at the University of Portland. The first phase of this project was the Commons Addition, which expanded the entire facility and added seating capacity, and the second phase was a renovation of the existing dining hall built in 1958. The original building received extensive electrical, HVAC and plumbing infrastructure upgrades to increase performance and energy efficiency.

A themed food court with five stations was introduced into the main dining hall to replace the previous single-source speed line located next to the kitchen. Rather than the food being entirely prepared in the kitchen, out of sight, each food station has cooks preparing food in front of the students. Special attention was paid to the lighting, to ensure that the food will be visually enticing while reducing energy consumption. The project also included graphics that engage students and staff in the entwined issues of food quality, health and sustainability.

With a warm fireplace, low seating, and a coffee lounge that remains open late into the night, Bauccio Commons now offers students a welcoming place to congregate and study.


University of Portland

Project Type

Dining Facility


Portland, Oregon


20,000 SF


Campus dining hall, café, study spaces

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