Trinity International University
Waybright Student Life Center
Trinity International University comprises Trinity College, Trinity Graduate School, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on its primary campus located 30 miles north of Chicago. Beginning in the mid-90s, RuckPate has helped this Christian university create and implement its long-range campus master plan to allow campus development to proceed in a logical manner as resources become available, while maintaining numerous diverse facilities.
Trinity International University's vision for its campus of the future began with plans to replace the current Melton Dining Hall with a modern Student Life Center. This state-of-the-art facility serves as the central hub of the university grounds, in terms of both physical location and campus activities. For this project, RuckPate collaborated with WTW Architects of Pittsburgh, PA, a nationally recognized leader in student union planning and design. The new Dining Hall and Student Life Center, includes a state-of-the-art campus food service program with seating for 450 students at any given time. A Banquet Room is also included that serves up to 300 people for the many campus functions that occur throughout the year. Private dining would be provided for the College President and other executive uses.
The new facility is built around the old Melton Dining Hall. As part of Phase II, Melton is being remodeled to serve expanded student services. The campus mail operation is being relocated to remodeled space as well as offices for the Dean of Students and student organizations. The Banquet Hall and Executive Dining portions of the building will occupy the old Cafeteria. The completed facility forms a "main street" for student life as the students move from housing to classrooms, chapel and athletic activities.
The flow of students and guests is carefully coordinated with the new campus master plan managed by RuckPate. Site features such as a fountain and dining hall patio further enhance the flow. Students within the building encounter a relaxed, inviting atmosphere to enjoy planned meals and fellowship throughout the day. The building makes maximum use of natural lighting, both from the perimeter and from clerestory glass on the second level.
• High-quality Food Service program with bistro-style arrangement
• Dining capacity for 350-450 students
• Banquet facilities
• Large and small meeting rooms
• Atrium lounge
• Coffee bar
• Offices for student associations and administration