CBA Reveals First Renderings of the New Byrne Dining Hall
February 28, 2022
The main room of the Byrne Dining Hall looking towards the expanded section that will be inherited from the neighboring existing classroom.
The Brother Frank Byrne Dining Hall has already received a $1 million anonymous gift. Now, there is a concept of what the new space will look like.
The Byrne Dining Hall, which is named after CBA’s president from 2009-2021, will add 40 percent more space to the existing cafeteria, allowing more students to eat together at one time. The Dining Hall will feature a mix of round and rectangular tables and chairs for students to enjoy breakfast and lunch with friends.
The food preparation area will also be thoroughly renovated to accommodate modified food court-style service. The transition between the main room and the preparation area will have multiple checkout lines to expedite the busy process for both students and staff.
The Byrne Dining Hall’s greater capacity will, in turn, help CBA adjust its daily class schedule, allowing underclassmen to enroll in courses that may have only been available to senior students. Currently, CBA runs six different lunch periods to accommodate nearly 880 students each day.
The Byrne Dining Hall will double as a welcoming event area for faculty, parents, alumni and donors to enjoy. The Dining Hall will feature panel doors that can convert the space into a more intimate setting for special events.
When making the $1 million gift, the generous donor stressed the impact a new dining hall can make on every member of the CBA community, which – in true Academy fashion – will certainly be true.