MacDonald Commons was designed and constructed as part of major expansion of residential capacity at Bucknell University, which also included four new residence halls and two new fraternity houses. The Commons serves as the anchor of this new student living-learning community and supports the University’s goal of drawing students back to campus from downtown, off-campus apartments by offering a dedicated gathering place for campus seniors.
Located in the 14,100-SF Georgian style building constructed of “Bucknell brick,” the Commons Café has booth and table seating capacity for 100 and offers a-la-carte, made-to-order and self-serve options from breakfast through late-night hours.
The Café also provides seating to support the “Flying Bison,” a food truck that makes the rounds delivering late night fare until the early hours of the morning. The large outdoor dining pavilion provides an additional area for dining and socializing. When supported by the main kitchen, the pavilion is used for seated banquets of up to 150 people.
The Commons Building was the first Bucknell building awarded LEED Gold certification.