Herkimer County Community College, Dining Center

Herkimer, New York

Originally constructed in 1969, the dining center at Herkimer County Community College appeared dated and uninspiring. In response to the college's goal to update all campus spaces and services, project designers delivered a new dining experience that presents a complete functional upgrade, resulting in:

• Increased security

• Improved ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$232.35FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas circulation, reducing waiting time and creating an easier atmosphere for students and staff

• Easier maintenance of kitchen and dining hall

• Extended durability and performance of finishes, which were strategically selected to reduce long-term environmental impacts and maintenance

During campus tours, prospective students are now confidently guided through the renovated space to showcase a key part of student life. With a focus on simplification, the design uses a pleasantly understated palette of floor and wall tiles. The new lighting layout and the color and selection of the floor, wall, and ceiling finishes make for a more exciting interior that improves the presentation of food. Subtle angles of the ceiling and brightly colored plaster walls open the space, making it visually appear spacious.