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University of Rhode Island
Butterfield Dining Hall

Kingston, RI


At A Glance:

• Renovation + Addition
• 10,000 s.f. Dining/Servery renovation
• 7,500 s.f. Dining addition
• 2,000 s.f. Lounge addition
• $9 million
• LEED Silver Certified
• Project Award


Project Description:

Renovations to the existing 60 ± year old Butterfield Dining Hall included 10,000 s.f. of the existing dining room/servery, and a 7,500 s.f. dining room addition on the main level, with a 2,000 s.f. student lounge located on the upper level leading to an outdoor roof deck space. The dining hall seating capacity was increased from 350 to 560 seats and the servery is proud to serve 700 burritos a day.


Sustainable Design:

LEED Silver Certified



“What a great addition to the neighborhood, I congratulate all involved for their vision in creating a distinct, welcoming and modern district for the campus community. Given some of the challenges we faced on this site and the remarkably brutal winter, it was no small task to get the dining hall open on time.”
Christina L. Valentino, VP for Administration and Finance

“We didn’t have flexibility with the ceiling height, so Vision 3 brought in light with a wall of windows and skylights. Their designs added color and texture to the interior, and they make a huge difference.”
Steven E. Mello, Director of Dining and Retail Food Services “We know the new patio will fast become a favorite meeting place.”
Thomas R. Dougan, VP for Student Affairs

“The new dining hall is so much more spacious. Now you can take your time and enjoy eating with your friends.”
Magda Flores, student

“The large interior waiting area eliminates long lines outside—not a big deal in nice weather, but not so nice in the middle of February.”
Lauren Capron, student



Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, NACUFS The National Association of College & University Food Services, Residential Dining Concepts, Gold Award


University of Rhode Island Projects:

Kingston Campus, Hope Commons Dining Hall
Bay Campus, Aquaculture Research Lab