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A winning strategy

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Best Practice Award for Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Napoleon Bonaparte said, "An army travels on its stomach." At the time he was talking about logistics – the necessity of providing basic needs to thousands of soldiers as they marched across Europe. But he was also talking about dinner – about giving his men delicious, fortifying meals to keep them healthy and engaged in his pursuit.

Former California Maritime Academy President William B. Eisenhardt also realized this axiom was true. When he first arrived on campus in 2002, one of the biggest student criticisms was about the food service. The dining hall had been in constant operation for more than 55 years with little or no renovation or modernization. Something had to be done.

Opened in 2013, the new Dining Center features breathtaking, waterfront views from two stories and a mezzanine level. Built with materials selected for durability, economy, and compatibility with the campus context, the 26,000-square-foot building can seat up to 400 cadets for daily meals and 272 for banquets, conferences, and other events on campus. And it is not just the food and improved dining spaces that are winning rave reviews: The facility’s design won the Best Practice Award for Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference.

Location: Vallejo, California

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"The building program and local climate encouraged the use of natural ventilation and radiant floor hydronic heating. Both proved to be highly efficient and cost-effective in this application. The passive shading system was parametrically modeled to reduce solar radiation while maintaining daylight levels and views of San Francisco Bay — achieved with the greatest economy of material. The resulting savings to this energy-intensive building type are recognized as the Best Overall Sustainable Design by the California Higher Education Sustainability."

 Stevens WilliamsAIA, LEED AP BD+C, PrincipalFlad Architects
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"Wow! I love the open space. It is much easier to interact with other cadets. It seems that we received way more than I had originally anticipated from a new dining center."

 CodyStudent