Columbia University John Jay Dining Hall Renovation
John Jay Hall was one of the last McKim, Mead, and White designs, built in 1927. It houses first year students and contains the John Jay Dining Hall, the offices of Health Services, and JJ's Place, a basement snack bar. The John Jay Hall Dining Hall is the main dining room of the University and a very significant architectural space. The interior paneling, lighting, ceilings and windows are unique to this space and any proposed upgrades that may affect the space need to be sensitive to its historical character and significance. The dining area is a primary contributor to the sense of community fostered by the students eating together in this special space. The adjacent dishwashing room is being renovated and the equipment is being upgraded in order to bring the facility up to current performance standards and make it viable and effective in serving the needs of the University’s main dining hall for the next 10 to 20 years.