Bergen Academies, Cafeteria Expansion and Renovation

Hackensack, New Jersey

  • FIRM

    DMR Architects


    Bergen County Technical Schools

  • AREA

    11,000 sq.ft.





Intended to serve as a multipurpose space, the renovated and expanded cafeteria at Bergen Academies is designed to enhance the school’s mission of providing a unique learning experience to its students. Through a renovation and adaptive reuse of a 1950s structure, the existing cafeteria of 1,500 square feet was transformed into ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$346.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service AreasSUB CATEGORYRenovation 11,000-square-foot space.

Organized around the concept of flexibility and adaptability, the cafeteria is divided into two floors—the main cafeteria with expanded full-service kitchen has a total area of 8,950 square feet and is situated on the second floor. On the first floor, an existing 2,000-square-foot classroom was converted to an auxiliary dining area complete with a warm-up kitchen.

The school day is officially in session from 8 a.m. until 4:10 p.m., but frequently extends beyond with various activities, sports, carrier-related programs, meetings, and distance video-

conferences and training. The spaces support these activities and serve as study halls and gathering space for students between classes to foster positive social interactions and impromptu meetings.

High ceilings and controlled daylight enliven learning spaces and create a sense of openness. The exterior volume is defined by metal panel siding, glass and exposed steel construction, creating a unique experience.