bolton dining commons | athens, ga




August 2014


64,000 SF

1,000 seats



Smith Dalia Architects

Atlanta, GA

Built to replace an aging, yet beloved facility that could no longer keep up with modern demands, the new 52,000 SF, three-story dining facility now serves as a vital campus hub. Between the first floor, second floor, and outdoor terraces, Bolton seats over 1,000 guests.


Serving and food prep takes place on both the first and second floors, emphasizing small-batch production with exhibition cooking. These elements were essential to UGA Dining Services to promote freshness, food practices, and build community between students and staff. The all-you-care-to-eat facility offers 13 unique dining platforms, ranging from an allergen-free concept to smoked meats and a 50s-style diner serving handspun milkshakes. Many aspects of the old, and deeply loved, Bolton Dining Commons, were brought over to the new facility, including the robust salad bar and full-service bakery. Open and operating for over six years, Bolton Dining Commons has proven to be immensely successful in the eyes of both students and staff.


Masonry Design Magazine, A Fresh Equation for Campus Dining, Winter, 2015-2016

American School & University, 2015 Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design, November, 2015

spaces4learning, Bolton Dining Commons: Honorable Mention Winner 2015 Education Design Showcase, September 1, 2015

Food Management, A First Look at UGA's Dazzling New Dining Commons, September 19, 2014

The Red & Black, New Bolton Dining Commons breaks records within first week of class, August 28, 2014

Online Athens, Record-setting new Bolton Dining Commons a long way from the Revoltin'Bolton of old, August 22, 2014

University of Georgia Food Service, New Bolton to cost $27 million, April 5, 2012

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