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UNF Osprey Commons and Cafe wins project of the year

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Updated: 9/11/2013 10:53 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The new Osprey Commons and Cafe at the University of Northern Florida was recognized with three awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Northeast Florida Chapter.

The project was honored Aug. 28 with the Merit Choice Award for employing the largest number of ABC member firms, the Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction, and Project of the Year.

The new Osprey Café opened Aug. 1 and was built to replace the existing cafeteria. The new 600-seat facility features a 28-foot-tall, two-story ceiling and six stations, where chefs prepare food in front of students. Interspersed throughout the seating area, these stations can also be viewed from the second-floor mezzanine seating area.

In order to provide each action station with a pathway for utilities and exhaust, the design team constructed tensioned-fabric structure to conceal the utilities called cycloids. These simple shapes became the signature element in the new dining facility.

UNF’s newest facility is also in line to receive a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, a private, nonprofit group that encourages environmentally responsible buildings.

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