Somerset Dining Hall & Banquet Facility – Smithfield, ME
The 450-seat lakefront Camp Somerset Dining Hall makes effective use of basic truss shapes and efficient slab-on-grade construction to create a grand and welcoming seasonal dining facility and shoulder-season banquet hall. With attached kitchen, dining offices, and toilet rooms in a dogtrot-plan, and ergonomic layout for separate hot buffet, salad bar, and dish-drop areas, the nearly 10,000 SF facility achieves elegance and presence on a modest budget.
The building is clad in stained board-and-batten wood siding. The interior is organized around buffet queuing for the hot buffet and salad bar and is centered around a granite fireplace. The dining hall’s gable-end entry and the adjacent flank of the kitchen building create a protected community gathering space on the porch. Construction was completed in Spring 2018.
Somerset’s First Summer in the new Dining Hall, August 2018 (photos by Camp Somerset):
Exterior completion & interior progress photos, January 2018:
Construction progress photos, summer-fall 2017 (Images courtesy of Mark McClusky, AE Hudson Engineers):