The renovation of the Camelot Dining Room, originally constructed in 1968, on the Milton Hershey School Campus creates a new multi-use facility for both students and faculty alike.
The challenge was to transform the existing dining hall into a contemporary space. The entire facility was stripped down to the steel structure. Six large skylights were located within the dining room portion of the project. Extensive sound absorptive materials were located throughout the space to reduce the noise level in the 250 seat dining area. The new food service equipment, prep areas and serving stations are located adjacent to the dining area and offer a wide range of fare: from oriental to pasta to soup and salad to specialty items.
A two hundred and forty thousand watt surround sound multi-media system provides entertainment for the students.
Each of the five concealed projectors and its associated screen can be operated independently of the others or they can be coordinated to create a complete theater experience throughout the dining room. The main speakers, suspended on steel supports from the structure above, are located within the wall that separates the serving area from the dining room. The image of Mr. Hershey was laser etched onto a special speaker fabric. All light fixtures, room darkening shades, environmental climate control, projectors, screens, volume, and media can be controlled from two smart podiums; one located on each level of the dining facility.
Also included was a gas fireplace with simulated logs in excess of eight feet in length and rising some three feet in height.
A custom light fixture constructed of eight frosted glass segments spans an eight foot diameter.
The entire construction project from the initial demolition installation of new food service equipment, skylights, sprinkler system, new mechanical system, multi-media system and new furniture was completed in 19 weeks.