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The new Dining Center replaces the previous dining hall constructed in the 1950s. The old facility was initially designed to handle 130 students during meals.

The new Dining Center features breathtaking, waterfront views from two stories and a mezzanine level. The 26,000 square foot Dining Center seats 400 for meals and 272 for banquets. It was designed to host conferences and events on campus, as well as daily meals for cadets.

Representatives from FLAD Architects; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; the CSU Chancellor’s Office of Campus Planning, Design and Construction; as well as invited guests and Cal Maritime students, faculty and staff were in attendance.

The facility’s design won the Best Practice Award for Higher Education Energy Efficiency and Sustainability from the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Construction was funded through fees paid by cadets on their meal plans.

“Cal Maritime’s sparkling new Dining Center represents a tremendous quality-of-life improvement for our cadets,” said Kurt Lohide, Vice President for Administration and Finance. “They demonstrated great foresight and resolve in agreeing to fund the new building through their dining fees. As a result of their efforts, we have a great facility which will provide superior food services to CMA cadets far into the future.”

"With this new dining facility, we are beginning an era of high quality facilities that reflect the excellence of our education, training, and the CSU as a whole," said Kevin Sweeney, executive president of the Associated Students of California Maritime Academy.

“In four years, our students won’t have experienced the old mess deck,” said President Tom Cropper. “But this Dining Center won’t be old news, it will still be great news.”

The site of the Dining Center was originally the home of the campus bookstore, which was relocated to a remodeled building that previously housed racquetball courts. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. served as the general contractor for the new campus bookstore, which opened in January 2013. The 3,500 square foot brick and mortar bookstore includes a first floor and mezzanine level stocked with textbooks, supplies, uniforms, gifts, and clothing. The campus bookstore is operated by Follett.

To view more pictures of the Dining Center, visit our Flickr page.

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Last updated: 8/27/20