This project included the demolition of the existing dining hall and the construction of an addition to replace it. The phasing of construction was critical to its success, as the existing kitchen and East Dining Hall had to remain operational throughout construction. The trustees of The Taft School began an intensive discussion of their vision for this project in the late 1970s, with an understanding that the dining hall must remain at the heart of the school.
The comprehensive transformation of the entire west end of the building meets many critical school needs: a new dining facility and server that seats the entire school for sit-down dinners, a refurbished dining hall lobby, relocation of the loading dock, a safe pedestrian-only quad, ADA compliance for bathrooms and entrances, code updates to student living space on the floors above, and renovation of the headmaster’s quarters.
This project is recognized as a LEED certified building. The design is respectful of the historic presence of the dining hall and remains complementary to the existing character of the school while still providing the school with a modern-day eatery.