Amsterdam High School

Amsterdam, New York

The kitchen and cafeteria at Amsterdam High School were woefully undersized, and the auto, welding and wood shops stood empty after those programs moved off campus.

As part of a phased series of projects, the architect converted the shop wing into an 8,000-square-foot cafeteria with a 3,500-square-foot kitchen.

Four shifts of more than 300 students move through ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMMcFarland Kistler Associates, Inc.; Integrated Building Systems EngineeringCOST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas new cafeteria every day, with full accessibility. When necessary for security, administrators can configure the kitchen for external access only. Serving lines can be isolated as needed with overhead doors.

The gleaming commercial kitchen has three convection ovens, a pizza oven, steamers and hot-food cabinets that are convenient to areas laid out for baking, pizza and cold-food preparation.

In a community where the economic outlook always is modest, the cafeteria serves both the district and the community with a space useful for a variety of functions. It has three levels of ambient and direct lighting controls, in addition to a complete multimedia projection system.

School board meetings, dances and a sports award dinner have been held in the new cafeteria, and the district is optimistic about renting the space for other community and private events.