The Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Crimson Café is a 15,000 SF campus dining amenity containing two micro-restaurants, a soup and sandwich kiosk, and a coffee concept. The facility has platform specific seating as well as a general seating area for a total capacity of 400 plus additional exterior seating. Each micro-restaurant has its own kitchen, and common back-of-house areas will accommodate a receiving area, storage, utilities, waste and recycling, and an office.
The coffee concept and two micro-restaurants are massed and arrayed to identify each as a unique venue within the whole. The coffee concept anchors the corner of the site and addresses pedestrian circulation from the Fine Arts Plaza diagonally across South Eleventh Street. The two micro-restaurants “bookend” the composition. Each addresses a major campus pedestrian axis. The service areas (receiving, storage, and kitchens) are arrayed in a bar between the two micro-restaurants.
A two-level general seating area fronts on South Eleventh Street and incorporates an exterior patio. Main entrances are provided on South Eleventh Street between the general seating area and one of the micro-restaurants and between the coffee concept and second micro-restaurant on one of the pedestrian axes. Mediating between the two and separating the general seating areas from the service bar is a linear skylight that defines circulation and brings light into the back of the general seating areas.