Located in Colchester on the shores of Lake Champlain, the all-girls Camp Kiniya needed a new Dining Hall to serve their 300 campers and 125 staff on a daily basis. The existing dining facility had been in disrepair for years and with the steep banks of the Lake eroding significantly especially after hurricane Irene the future stability of the structure was in question. Furthermore, the kitchen and seating areas were both severely undersized.
The new Dining Hall features a state of the art commercial kitchen with walk-in coolers and freezers, and an outdoor grilling canopy was included as an amenity. With the ability to seat the entire camp at one seating, efficiency of food delivery was critical to the success of the project.
Simple materials such as polished concrete floors, a timber framed structure, natural wood siding and wall paneling, a stone base for the wrap around porch and a standing seam metal roof make this a 100-year building. Natural ventilation was a key consideration in achieving a comfortable indoor environment without utilizing air conditioning. Numerous operable windows, ceiling fans, and operable dormers allow the stack effect to naturally cool the building.