Driven by resident feedback and COVID health and safety concerns, URC Davis’s dining area was updated with a renewed focus on wellness, choice, and flexibility. Challenged to create two dining venues where there once was one, the design team developed two distinct spaces, each with their own uniquely branded experience.
The casual á la carte dining “Marketplace” and the more traditional, sit-down “Orchard” dining experience provide residents of URC Davis with the luxury of choice. The “Marketplace” – which used to be a self-serve buffet – now has a light, bright, open kitchen with chef attendants to directly serve residents, and is very popular for its convenience and health-oriented food options. “The Orchard,” on the other hand, enhances a modern steakhouse aesthetic by incorporating saturated colors, organic patterns, and new lighting fixtures to soften the architecture of the space, revitalize the mood, and create varied, intimate seating options.
Since the two dining options are connected by a common space, there is an abundance of overflow seating for either section, enabling residents to sit and socialize with their friends while they eat, even if they order from different kitchens.