The main student dining hall on campus has received the first of many essential improvements to its functionality and aesthetics. Over the last several months, the Wick Dining Hall has received new flooring, new service areas and counters, enhanced audio-visual capabilities, new equipment such as ice makers, ovens, panini presses, and hydration stations, as well as more functional serving stations. The addition of ADA compliant hand washing and water bottle filling stations have also been included in the space.
“A college dining hall is not simply about the food, but the experience,” shared Dr. Greg Nayor, vice president for strategic initiatives. “These important upgrades will allow for a more comfortable and enjoyable dining experience for our students. We need to make sure we are always improving the student experience on campus and the dining hall is a place all students spend a significant amount of time.”
These various improvements to the frequently utilized space are a part of a phased approach to renovations. The next phase will come this summer with the continuation of the new flooring in other surrounding spaces and the addition of ceiling “clouds” to enrich the look and feel of the room. There are also plans to expand storage, dishwashing space, and other behind the scenes enhancements to improve meal prep as well as the efficiency and traffic flow in the venue.
The final phase of improvements is expected to be complete by the start of the fall 2021 semester.