James Madison University, CISAT Dining Hall

Harrisonburg, Virginia

  • FIRM

    Moseley Architects


    James Madison University

  • AREA

    48,900 sq.ft.





The new dining hall at James Madison University’s College of Integrated Science and Technology (CISAT) campus provides a new dining venue to the campus, and is the first LEED-certified building at the university. The project earned a gold certification in April 2010.

The facility occupies a prominent site on the south end ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$383.80CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized the university’s CISAT campus, and serves as a gateway building. The open, indoor dining space features windows on three sides to maximize views of the arboretum to the south, and the remainder of the CISAT campus to the north.

The use of low-e glazing and solar shading screens on the south and east facades maximize daylighting and reduce artificial lighting costs.

The facility continues JMU’s tradition of quality, variety, value and being student-focused. Diners enjoy the festive environment, interaction with the chefs, aromas of fresh foods cooking, and the variety of international and American cuisine. 

The facility accommodates seating for 700 students on the first floor, and a 100-seat executive dining center for university functions on the second floor. The first floor includes a central, two-story rotunda lobby, the main student dining area and a small convenience store. The second floor includes an upper lobby in the rotunda; an executive dining room that features a fireplace; and an outdoor balcony with views to the campus arboretum to the south. The executive dining room and balcony also serve the community as a venue for special events and receptions.

The project incorporates a variety of sustainable design elements, including restoration of 50 percent of the site with native vegetation; reduction of water use by 54 percent; predicted energy savings of 22 percent; recycled and regionally manufactured materials; Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood; and daylighting in 89 percent of regularly occupied spaces.

 "The strong design motif fits well with the existing campus."--2010 jury