University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington


new dining hall | wilmington, nc




Anticipated July 2021


20,000 SF


Perkins Eastman

Ricca Design Studios has been diligently working alongside Perkins Eastman, Architect of Record, for the brand-new dining facility at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The 20,000 SF facility will provide the Wilmington campus with an all-you-care-to-eat dining experience, as well as a Starbucks retail option, all under one roof. The newly constructed student housing village, made up of four residence halls and adding 1,814-beds, will be located adjacent to the new dining facility, allowing for ease of access and convenience to busy students. One of the unique aspects of this project is the integration of indoor/outdoor dining. Ricca’s Kerri Fitzgerald, Principal, describes the unique building site along the “Hawk Walk”. “The Hawk Walk is a brand-new pedestrian corridor that connects the newly-constructed residence halls with the academic core of campus. Our dining hall is perfectly situated between the two, with views over the new athletic fields and the beautiful Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve. Given those adjacencies and the University’s location in coastal Wilmington, outdoor dining was an obvious feature to include, and it really celebrates dining as an integral component of the campus and student life.” The project is on track for opening for the Fall 2021 semester.