The Class of 1953 Commons provides a modern dining facility with spaces for eating, studying, and gathering for up to 1,000 students, faculty, and staff. The building offers a variety of food choices at eight state-of-the-art serving stations. The original 73-year old building was remodeled and modernized to better serve the students and reduce energy usage. The facility also boasts an innovative kitchen exhaust heat recovery system, as well as a refrigeration heat recovery system.
Cornerstone was hired as the commissioning agent, and needed to work while the dining hall was actively in use. One of the goals was to lower energy use for all systems. When the project was completed, steam usage was reduced by more than 60%, electrical use by 20%, and the energy bill decreased by $300,000.