In 2013, Hampshire Dining Commons underwent a $15.5 million, 20,000 S.F. partial interior renovation to revitalize the aging facility. Existing kitchen and serving areas were converted into an open, circular plan with flexible cooking and serving stations located around the perimeter. Expanded seating for 650 visitors encircles this core, creating a dynamic and accessible dining experience centered around the food.
Completed in the fall of 2013, the state-of-the-art dining area has a contemporary New England style, with 12 unique food stations designed according to UMass Dining Services’ four guiding principles: healthy eating, sustainability, world flavors, and community.
Hampshire Dining Commons is now one of the healthiest and most sustainable dining operations in the nation. This is achieved by serving minimally-processed foods, more plant-based items harvested at peak season, less red meat, more sustainable seafood, and healthier oils, fats, and beverages. It is the first dining hall renovation in the country to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
- Connected to basic community services and accessible to two PVTA bus lines
- Bike storage with shower and changing facilities for staff provided onsite
- Discounted parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
- Light-colored roof reflects the sun’s heat and reduces the heat island effect, decreasing project cooling loads, electricity consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions
- Achieved a 41% reduction in potable water use via low-flow plumbing fixtures
Energy & Atmosphere
- Cut overall energy use by 37% using VAV kitchen exhaust hoods, improved glazing, and efficiently generated campus steam and electricity
- High efficiency lighting systems equipped with timing controls and occupancy sensors
- Increased outdoor air ventilation rates to all occupied spaces by 30% above the ASHRAE standard
Materials & Resources
- Dedicated areas for compost recycling collection and storage
- Diverted 81% of demolition and construction wastes from landfill
- 99% of existing walls, floors, and roofs were reused
- 24% of new construction materials utilize recycled content
- 56% of new wood is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified
Indoor Environmental Air Quality
- Developed and implemented an Indoor Air Quality (AIQ) Plan during construction
- Low-VOC flooring, paints, adhesives, and sealants
- 90% of regularly occupied spaces provide direct views to the outdoors
Innovation In Design
- Green Housekeeping Program incorporates staff training on cleaning processes and chemicals, and customer service
- Food and Utensil Composting Strategy reduces the amount of discarded food and organic waste sent to landfills, provides farms with natural fertilizer, and serves as an educational tool for students
Click here to access an interactive green building brochure for the Hampshire Dining Commons Renovation.
Click here to view LEED project score information and statistics for the Hampshire Dining Commons Renovation.
Click here to view the official LEED project scorecard for the Hampshire Dining Commons Renovation.
- Newly Remodeled Hampshire Dining Commons Grand Opening Planned for September 10 - UMass Amherst News & Media Relations
- UMass Goes All In on Health with Dining Renovation - Food Service Director
- Renovated Hampshire Dining Commons at UMass Amherst Awarded LEED Gold Certification - UMass News & Media Relations
- Hampshire Dining Commons - UMass Dining
- University of Massachusetts - Amherst: Hampshire Dining Commons - Bergmeyer Associates, Inc.
- Hampshire Dining Commons Pilot Project - UMass Dining
- Campus Dining is a Big Industry, Especially at UMass Amherst - The Boston Globe