Panera, University Circle

Located within a vibrant university, health care, and cultural area of Cleveland, this new dining attraction was developed to take advantage of the New Urbanist design of this more contemporary mixed-use center. Featuring two story areas that take advantage of the exterior building fenestrations, the tenant space incorporates elements within the interior that reflects the design concept of the exterior. Street side dining compliments the urban feel of this Panera Design.


Panera, University Circle


The tenant space was designed for mezzanine style retail development with full height windows on three sides. The twenty-two-foot ceiling height provided limited space for the utilities or access above the suspended acoustic ceiling.  Because the mezzanine provided a majority of the facility dining, an elevator for ADA access to that level was required.


The kitchen area was located on the lower level providing easy access for deliveries and counter service. The second level, which housed most of the dining has areas of both public and private dining. The use of glass railings gave the mezzanine level an open feel allowing natural light from the two-story glazing to penetrate deep into the building. A very detailed coordination with the Mechanical and Structural Engineers allowed for well-choreographed design of the HVAC systems.