Located with the University Center in the heart of Carnegie Mellon University, the Skibo Cafe renovation presented two basic challenges. The first was a way to provide an ‘identifiable’ entrance for the existing restaurant’s location, which was located at the end of a very long and austere hallway. Designers provided architectural features to attract attention and invite patrons to the facility. By opening up the existing entry and providing new lighting along with a new aluminum and glass storefront entrance, the restaurants ‘front door’ now makes itself identifiable.
The second challenge was to replace the previous ‘criss-crossed’ flow with an organized flow from entry to dining. To regain order, an architectural canopy was installed, and floor textures were modified to influence circulation directly to the servery lines. The kitchen and food display were also relocated to improve functionality within the space’s unusual existing footprint. The construction was completed in August 2005, and profits for the restaurant have increased as a result of the modifications and enhancements.