Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi is often referred to as “The Island University” due to it’s unique location on an island in the Gulf of Mexico. The university takes pride in developing a strong campus culture and is always looking to improve the student experience. In 2014, the Islander Dining Hall was opened, located near the center of campus. This much needed facility was designed to provide students with a space to gather and socialize, while enjoying a variety of healthy meal options without having to leave campus. Designed by Kirksey Architecture, the team also felt it was important to capture and incorporate the unique island location into the design, a concept that is central to the university’s culture.
To achieve these goals, materials and imagery that embodied the spirit of the island were used throughout the space. One key feature of the dining hall is the spectacular decorative glass panels that were used to showcase the university’s iconic abstract wave logo. Goldray Glass created the decorative glass panels using our Digital Ceramic Printing process, which applies ceramic ink directly onto glass similar to the way that an inkjet printer prints onto paper. Kirksey’s Senior Associate, Emily Winters explains why decorative glass was ideal for this project, “Using decorative glass, we were able to display the image, while still allowing light to enter the space and provide a view out to campus…then to top it off, it is very durable and will last a lifetime”. Once completed, the space is a source of great pride for the university and will be for many years to come.