Modular Building Institute

University California Irvine Kitchen and Dining Hall

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Pacific Mobile Structures, Inc.
Silver Creek Industries
Irvine, CA
Building Use:
Commercial Kitchen and Dining Hall
Gross Size of Project:
16312 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The University of California, Irvine required a temporary dining facility capable of providing three full meals per day to 500 students during a $20 million dining expansion project. In response, Pacific Mobile Structures designed and installed a versatile, comfortable and space-efficient 24-floor modular facility that was fully functional within three months. The interior features a full-service kitchen, food preparation area, wash room, dining hall, restrooms, storage, office space, and servery. Pacific Mobile paid special attention to ensuring the structure complements the surrounding landscape and residence halls with an appropriate exterior color profile and varied height retaining wall set on a temporary foundation around the perimeter of the installation. These and other exterior features make the dining hall easily accessible to students while seamlessly blending in to the campus environment.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    With student security as a top priority, Pacific Mobile carefully considered door locations, exterior building features and workspace optimization in a design that would meet the needs of two different occupancy groups while satisfying health and fire safety requirements. Wall outlet and data box locations were positioned throughout the dining hall to provide students with places to study. Custom casework was designed to enable efficient flow of students around the servery and dining hall.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    To minimize expense while maximizing the benefits of the university’s interim dining solution, Pacific Mobile designed the temporary structure to enable the reuse of all existing kitchen equipment and dining hall furnishings without requiring costly alteration or replacement. Even the structure itself can be relocated and reused for future projects once the permanent dining facility is constructed. This will reduce the cost of demolition and future temporary construction. In addition, Pacific Mobile helped the university conserve labor costs by opening the project to participation from university staff and working closely with UC Irvine to ensure strict adherence to budget and schedule targets.
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