UAB’s Commons on the Green is one of the best-designed dining facilities in the country, according to American School & University magazine’s Educational Interiors Showcase.

American School & University magazine selected UAB’s Commons on the Green as one of the best-designed dining facilities in the country.

UAB’s Commons on the Green was selected as an Outstanding Design in the Cafeterias/Food-Service Areas in the August edition honoring award-winning designs. The interior design firm Perkins & Will of Atlanta submitted the entry to the magazine. I think the designation validates that the Commons on the Green will be one of the anchor facilities for the new Campus Green,” says Michael Raczynski, assistant vice president for Student Affairs. “The best part is that our students have really accepted the facility. The diner has taken off and exceeded our expectations. It’s an extremely popular spot.”

Raczynski says The Diner is averaging about 6,000 transactions per week. The Commons is averaging around 10,000 transactions per week.

The magazine praised the design of the facility, stating: “This open and inviting environment provides connectivity between interior and exterior programming areas. State-of-the-art, retail-
oriented dining options situated just a few steps from residence halls help keep students on campus, allowing them to meet and greet their friends in a welcoming and lively campus family room.


“Based on an open marketplace design, the flexible new facility is designed for easy and rapid adaptation as future trends in food service evolve. Back-of-house service areas are arranged carefully to maximize operational efficiency and minimize their impact on the surrounding campus.”

The Commons is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. The Diner and Quick Zone convenience store are open 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. For more information, visit .