Dining Hall Gets Big Facelift

Option2 Final print only 1Returning students, faculty, and staff will be greeted with a new look dining hall when they return to campus this fall. This major facility upgrade, the first since the construction of Wilkinson Hall, will see dramatic changes in both the aesthetics and functionality of the space.

(Above is a sketch of the WAU new look dining hall)

The first phase of the project will include removal of all existing carpet and the installation of quarry tiles and planked wood flooring. The folding partitions will be replaced and relocated and walls repaired and painted as necessary. New ceiling will be installed, along with new light fixtures and upgrades to the air conditioning vents.

In an effort to improve the aesthetics of the dining hall, new round and rectangular tables will be introduced. Booths will be set up at five locations along the walls and counters with stools added to allow patrons more seating options. The hall will also have a new white and blue color scheme and new window treatment.

The second phase will be done during the Christmas break and include major changes to the service area. This will include new serving stations and a salad bar. The service area will also include soda machines; the coolers currently there will be removed.

"The Dining Hall is going to look wonderful! I can't wait to see the expressions on the students' faces when they see it for the first time," said Kathy Hecht, assistant to the food service director.

Skanska, a world- leading construction company, will implement the changes. The group is represented on campus by Superintendent George Mayer, who is overseeing the project.