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THA Architecture is designing a dining hall for George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. The school has out-grown their current dining hall and is in need of a larger space. This is a new construction project of 30,000 sf and with a budget of $200 a square foot. The program includes; dining space, dining space that can be closed off with folding walls, a café, cafeteria food pick-up area, kitchen, bakery, offices, and restrooms. The building is split in half by the program, the west half is the dinning space (enclosed by window walls) and the east half is the service and mechanical space (enclosed by a low-cost wall type). The west window wall looks out into a forested area that diffuses the natural light coming inside but allows heat gain in the winter when the leaves have fallen off the trees. The dining hall is a deep space that needs natural lighting to reach the deep interior spaces and THA is interested in exploring the best skylight placement to allow light in.
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