Bialosky Cleveland, the Design Architect, and Passaro Architects, the Architect of Record, were engaged by the State of New York to develop the new 25,000 square foot SUNY Broome Culinary Arts Center within the century-old, historic Carnegie Library. Adjacent to the City of Binghamton’s public square, the project provides the City of Binghamton with the opportunity to repurpose one of its historic assets and provide SUNY Broome with an amazing venue to house its growing culinary program.
During the 1903 cornerstone dedication of the Binghamton Carnegie Library, William F. Seward delivered these words: “….. IT SHALL BE THE PEOPLE’S UNIVERSITY in which every man, woman and child of our city shall have part and lot.” How fitting, in 2016, that the new owner of the Carnegie Library is the City of Binghamton's “People’s University”.
From the project’s inception, representatives of from both Bialosky and Passaro have fully participated in an intensive programming and design agenda that included in-person, charrette-based design development and concept testing. This new Culinary Arts Center features a 24 student multi-purpose/bake teaching kitchen with intimate demonstration lab, Garde Manger teaching kitchen, back-of-house lab, classrooms, culinary office suite, public special event space and HD enhanced demonstration kitchen studio.