Establishing a campus kitchen that can provide high quality meals across the day will be vital to the health of students attending OUSD. Without meals students will become distracted in their learning environments and lose focus. The cafeteria will become a social hub of gathering, eating, and learning through nutritional education. Design strategies including access to quality daylight, furniture flexibility, and nutritional education will enhance the space.

The Ed Specs serve to illustrate concepts that will inform the master plans based on OUSD's aspirations to the audience of future architects who will implement them as well as for OUSD stakeholders to understand the reasoning behind modernizations.

Indoor Dining

Are there energizing colors and environmental graphics?  For new construction in high school, are there at least four different food concepts to choose from? 

Quality Daylight

For new construction, is there natural daylight entering the space on at least two sides? Are there views of nature?

Social Hub

The Cafeteria should be centrally located with easy access to all learners and educators to be utilized throughout the day for learning in addition to dining, and socializing.

Student Access During School Hours

Connect primary circulation pathways with the Cafeteria for easy access to all learners and educators.


Exterior access and easy approach for deliveries and trash pick-up.