Over the years we have been renovating the University Union at Sacramento State to keep pace with student demand and emerging trends in food service. The Hornet’s Nest was the largest phased improvement to the dining areas in the complex, with five commercial serveries and large open seating areas.
Renovation of finishes, furniture and lighting create a contemporary dining and gathering space for the students. One goal was to continue to expose the existing waffle slab ceiling between horizontal clouds of floating ceiling panels, set at an angle to provide acoustic value and visual dynamics. A dining corner is accented with walls of bamboo that wrap partially into the lower ceiling. This provides a more intimate space with built-in banquette seating and translucent porcelain pendant lights designed and fabricated by local artist Brian Schmitt. Bamboo and warm wood tones balance the white of the ceiling and jeweled-toned paint and furniture colors tie it together to bring warmth and energy into the space.
The ability to work within occupied spaces on a strictly limited schedule and budget is a hallmark of our approach to renovation projects.