College Dining Hall Renovation

This spring, students at Texas State University have exciting new dining options on campus and an inviting area to gather. The Den Food Co., which closed for renovations during the fall, has reopened. 

The updated dining hall includes new outdoor seating in a breezeway between two buildings. Designers incorporated a wall of six ActivWall Gas Strut Windows into the plan with bar dining ledges inside and outside. Each window opens up on sturdy gas struts to allow diners eating inside to engage with classmates passing by or eating outside. Campus officials noted that the flexibility of this space will improve the ability of faculty, staff, and students alike to gather, eat, and collaborate.

Two units, with each containing three Gas Strut Windows, were custom manufactured for the dining hall. Each window measures 54″ wide by 58″ high, and the total unit spans nearly 27 feet across the space. The units are finished in a dark bronze powder coat with matching hardware and a saddle sill. They were ordered from Primo Windows, the official ActivWall Dealer for Texas, and installed by Clear Innovations

Operated by campus dining services provider Chartwells Higher Ed, the dining hall offers several options, including Absurd BirdPom & Honey, Blimpie Sub ShopEinstein Bros BagelsThe Salty, and AJ’s BBQJay Smith, Director of Retail Operations for Texas State Dining, noted that Texas State is only the third campus in the country to get The Salty.

ActivWall Gas Strut Windows are available for both commercial and residential use. They are also impact tested for safety in coastal regions prone to hurricane-force winds. Contact us today to receive a free quote and let ActivWall help you open up your space! 

Acknowledgments: Story by Jennifer Doss. Photos courtesy of Chartwells Higher Ed and Primo Windows. Video filmed by Cary Kirkman and edited by Jennifer Doss. Product demonstration by Josh Salmons. Featured Dealer: Primo Windows. Installation by Clear Innovations. Special thank you to Whitney Villarreal and Zac Murtha.

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