Northern Maine Community College Reed Commons Renovation

Envisioned as a place that would enhance life on campus as well as the surrounding community, the renovated Reed Commons reimagines an underutilized cafeteria as a vibrant place to connect, dine and learn.

The privately funded project includes a Teaching Kitchen which is dedicated to delivering education programs for food preparation, nutrition, and wellness. The 12-seat Teaching Kitchen contains technology to broadcast program material to reach people far beyond the Presque Isle region.

Project Overview


Northern Maine
Community College




6,300 Square Feet

Project Components

Dining Commons
Meeting Spaces
Teaching Kitchen

Key Contacts

Wil Gatchell, AIA

A comprehensive renovation

The Reed Commons facility, built in 1980, is receiving a complete upgrade including HVAC systems, window replacement, roof insulation, life safety, and interior renovations that improve all spaces in the building. A small addition supports the kitchen and a new entry canopy provides a sense of welcome. A completely new kitchen and servery feature display cooking with a stir fry station and pizza oven, salad bar, and extensive grab-and-go options. To support the nutrition education initiative, food service will support smaller portion food delivery. Customers will purchase individual items instead of the typical all-you-can-eat model of campus dining.

The warm and inviting interior environment eschew institutional conventions. The dining room includes a variety of seating options with device charging stations. The servery has small-scale improved service options for hot and cold meals. There are wood and tile finishes throughout. The Keegan Meeting Room is also receiving entirely new finishes.

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