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Bolton Commons

Bolton Commons

Bolton Commons is a buzzing student dining hub at the University of Georgia, comprising 1,100 seats plus a convertible, 200-seat private event space.

University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Completed: 2014 64,000 sf
Photography by © Richard Mandelkorn Photography

More than a dozen serveries and food prep stations on two floors serve a variety of menu items including comfort food, international cuisine, vegetarian and allergen-free options. The venue also features exhibition cooking and small-batch production to promote the Commons’ freshness standards and quality food practices. In addition to the sizeable dining space, the building also houses 4,000 sf of offices and administration space.

The form of the building is articulated with an exterior palette of brick, granite, cast stone, metal panels and glass, complementing the existing campus architecture. A 70-foot rotunda element provides a recognizable icon visible from Georgia Quad to the east, while an entrance facing Tanyard Creek allows easy access from the campus high-rise district to the west. An upgraded pathway system along Tanyard Creek, including a new pedestrian bridge, enables enhanced campus connectivity as well as space for informal gathering.


  • 2015 Learning by Design, Outstanding Project Award, New Construction
  • 2015 AS&U Bronze Award, Educational Interiors