Booth Dining Commons and Student Center

Booth Dining Commons and Student Center

The Otis Booth Dining Commons and Student Center (referred to as “Booth Commons”) is Cate School’s most recently completed capital addition designed to elevate the gathering and dining experience for all who live, work and visit the Mesa. This three-story, state-of-the-art building includes a spacious dining room with two large fireplaces and seating areas at both ends, a new kitchen, outdoor patio seating, an upstairs student recreation area, conference rooms, the Blue Ewe student store, a recording studio and a theatre workshop, daily mail and package delivery, second-floor deck and fire pit, entry courtyard and more. It includes 21st-century sustainability technologies, including a water reclamation program and an outdoor water feature.

Highlights

  • The 27,000 square-foot building will accommodate more than 400 students, faculty, staff, and visitors every day. 
  • Hartigan/Foley, a company known for excellence in innovation construction and green building practices, has led every construction project at Cate since the 1990s.
  • Booth Commons holds a time capsule for future generations to uncover, including a chair from Raymond Commons dining room, a 2020 yearbook, local newspapers, and a box of student notes. A few days before their graduation, the Class of 2019 signed an interior wall on the lower level to leave their permanent mark on the building.
  • The spacious, 5,050 square-foot dining room seats 337 people. Furnishings include Eustis chairs and handmade Brothers of Industry tables. Outdoor patio and furniture seats 150.
  • SageGlass, a leading electronically tintable glass, was used in the dining room, student lounge, post office, and bookstore exterior doors and windows. This innovative technology tints windows automatically or on demand to control sunlight while also reducing energy consumption and light pollution.
  • Since 2008, every construction project at Cate has achieved green building certification through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
  • An advanced water reclamation system processes approximately 5,000 gallons per week of filtration water from the management of our campus swimming pools and 2,100 gallons of condensate collected per week from the temperature control sources throughout the Booth Commons building.