Bates College – Dining Commons


Bates College


Lewiston, ME


Sasaki Architects, Inc.



To upgrade Bates’ food service facilities— while continuing to provide students with a central location for campus dining— Bates built the LEED-Silver certified “Commons”, a 60,000 sq. ft. dining hall that includes seating for over 950 students, as well as multiple server stations and a high-end commercial kitchen. As part of the larger project, the construction management team performed upgrades to several surrounding campus steam lines, and constructed a new 1,200-foot paver walkway and accompanying retaining walls. Sustainable construction included the use of recycled materials, light sensors, and heat recovery systems to bring the facility to LEED Silver standards.

  • Concurrent management of three distinct projects: dining hall construction, steam system upgrades, and 1,200-ft. walkway
  • Multi-phased project with and aggressive schedule that required ongoing consideration to ongoing operations and student and staff safety and accessibility
  • Highly involved, specialized kitchen equipment package designated by owner

Project managed by Rubicon staff, while with a previous firm.