The Student Commons is a sought after facility conveniently located near the school’s student housing. Originally constructed with a small but popular student café, the Institute expanded the facility with a 500-seat dining hall. The addition takes advantage of the site located on a bluff, overlooking the Hudson River. The elevated platforms focuses on the views up and down the river and provides a stage for after-hour presentations and casual concerts. The heavily glazed exterior and numerous skylights create a light and airy interior. An adjacent exterior terrace provides additional outdoor seating for 200 and connects to a generous lawn. New production kitchen facilities serve up to eight different dining venues and provide the students with a healthy selection of meal options. Students also have access to new fitness options with expanded space for aerobics, cardiovascular, and resistance training.