Kideney Architects recently completed design of the Crossroads Culinary Center (Red Jacket Dining Facility) located in the Ellicott Complex on the North Campus of SUNY Buffalo. The 37,000 sf facility which opened in October, 2012, provides food services for up to 650 residents of the complex and the adjacent Greiner Residence Hall, as well as campus staff and visitors. Design and construction was completed on a fast-track project delivery schedule and completed within a 19-month period.

Modeled after the marché style dining concept, a new food delivery approach was implemented with various food preparation and cooking stations clustered at the center of the plan. Fresh product is prepared and cooked in full view of patrons to create an energized, “restaurant” atmosphere. The project included a 13,000 sf addition and approximately 24,000 sf of renovations. The addition is responsive to and respectful of the original building, reinterpreting the bold geometry of the Ellicott Complex in sympathetic materials. Design features include stylized serving stations to differentiate food service options and a two-sided fireplace and lounge seating. Seating is subdivided by layout, lighting, furniture and material variations into many smaller, more personal seating areas. The client is currently pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver Certification for the facility in accordance with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) requirements.

Kideney Architects’ prior work for SUNY Buffalo includes the award winning Childcare Centers on both the north and south campuses; restoration of the historic Harriman Hall and an extensive list of other projects as part of a multi-year term contract.

SF: 37,000
Construction Cost: $9.5M Completion Date: October, 25, 2012