State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo Red Jacket Dining Hall

Geneseo, New York


Edge Architecture


State University of New York at Geneseo, SUNY Geneseo CAS


22,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team
Allen Rossignol, Edward Butcher, Bridget Carney, Joseph Twomey

The SUNY Geneseo Red Jacket Dining Hall, a two-story, brick-and-steel structure that had been untouched since its construction in 1966, was ripe for a renovation. The plan included bright and clean new serving stations and expanded second-floor dining. The approach was to transform the space into a multipurpose destination, tying into Geneseo’s ultimate vision of Eat-Study-Play.

The design evokes unfolding of space, as the lights pull visitors through the space. Gone are the compartmentalized features of the original structure, and students are now welcomed into an open space flooded with light.

The new main dining area incorporates a hovering pergola structure, and provides more intimate seating beneath a timber canopy and expressed steel frame.

The two-story windows provide views of the Genesee Valley and the neighboring residential quad. Solid doors were replaced with glass, bringing in even more natural light. The north dining room offers a cozy atmosphere with a fireplace, lounge furniture and flexible seating. Integrated technology adds event capability to the space.

The first-floor servery boasts a variety of food stations. On the second floor, students enjoy a deli-style convenience store. To promote better interaction, the chefs were brought out from the kitchen, creating a greater overall transparency.

This project was developed with sustainability in mind. Energy optimization was achieved through modern lighting, improved controls, and updated HVAC. Food scraps are composted and used throughout the campus as fertilizer.

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2020 Architectural Portfolio



Interior category

Cafeterias/Food-Service Areas

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Mannington
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by Roppe
Brick/Masonry by Glen-Gery
Cabinets by Wilsonart
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by Ceilings Plus
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Ceramic Tile by LATICRETE
Door Hardware by Stanley
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by National Guard Products
Door Hardware by Precision Control Systems
Door Hardware by Trimco
Doors by Marshfield Door Systems
Doors by Eliason
Doors by CECO Door
Doors by Special-Lite
Elevators by Canton Elevator
Elevators by Matot
Insulation by ROXUL
Insulation by Knauf Insulation
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Owens Corning
Plumbing by Nibco
Plumbing by Watts
Plumbing by Woodford
Plumbing by Culligan
Plumbing by Charlotte Pipe & Foundry
Plumbing by Jay R Smith
Plumbing by Watersaver
Plumbing by Zoeller
Plumbing by Sensus
Plumbing by E.L. Mustee & Sons
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Roofing by Bilco
Skylights by Wasco
Windows by Tubelite
Windows by Sterling
Lighting & Accessories by SPI Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Axis Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Juno Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Impact Architectural Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Pathway Lighting Products
Lighting & Accessories by Tech Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Acolyte
Lighting & Accessories by Bruck
Lighting & Accessories by Spectrum Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Philips
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Victaulic
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Guardian
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Wilkins
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by 3M Fire Protection
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Wheatland
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Sigma Systems
Security Systems by Lenel Security
Security Systems by Allegion
Security Systems by GE Security
Security Systems by Altronix
Security Systems by Power Sonic
Security Systems by Best Access Systems
Security Systems by Stanley
Cafeteria Furniture by Gunlocke
Cafeteria Furniture by Falcon
Lounge Furniture by DARRAN Furniture
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by KI
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Gunlocke
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Integra Seating
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by DARRAN Furniture
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Excel Dryer
Washroom Accessories by Royce Rolls Ringer Company
Washroom Accessories by Bradley Corporation
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Global Partitions
Communications Systems by Lowell
HVAC Units by Qmark
HVAC Units by Greenheck
HVAC Units by Carrier
HVAC Control Devices by Schneider Electric
Kitchen Equipment by EagleGroup
Kitchen Equipment by Hoshizaki
Kitchen Equipment by Delfield
Kitchen Equipment by Hatco
Kitchen Equipment by Halton
Kitchen Equipment by Garland
Kitchen Equipment by Vollrath
Kitchen Equipment by Hobart
Kitchen Equipment by Ansul Fire Protection
Kitchen Equipment by Metro
Kitchen Equipment by Master Built
Kitchen Equipment by Southbend
Kitchen Equipment by Continental
Kitchen Equipment by Bunn
Kitchen Equipment by Silver King
Kitchen Equipment by Alto-Shaam
Kitchen Equipment by Blodgett
Kitchen Equipment by Fry Master
Kitchen Equipment by Champion
Kitchen Equipment by RPI Industries
Kitchen Equipment by Federal Industries
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Clarus Glassboards
Walls/Wall Materials by MBI Products
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