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Farewell to stairwell at Dining Hall’s core

Photo of Dining Hall constructionAt the Dining Hall, another phase of renovation has begun. And it’s going to be a dramatic makeover.

This third phase of the four-phase project at the Dining Hall includes renovations in the east wing near College Avenue and the central core of the building.

This week, that central core is undergoing a transformation. “The stairwell is gone now,” said Fred Patrick, director of Facilities Design & Construction. “They’re jackhammering the concrete (near the stairs) now.”

With new stairs at the western and eastern sides of the building, students will be able to enjoy a better use of that central space. On the top floor will be a beautiful basilica-type dome.

“They’re installing pilings for structural support of the dome. Then they’ll build the dome.”

“It’s going to be amazing,” Patrick said.

When students return from Winter Break, they’ll enjoy that new dining area.

“In January, students will be eating under the dome,” he says. Several food preparation areas will be located there as well – including the new Mongolian Grill, directly under the center of the dome.

Also in January, they will enjoy steps leading from the College Avenue entrance onto the second floor. (A new stairway on the western side opened in December 2012.)

The first two phases of this four phase project are complete. The second phase included renovations in the existing northeast and northwest wings of the building – they are being used now for the serving of food, dining areas and a new dish washing room. Visitors to the Dining Hall saw that those areas were opened June 17.

The Dining Hall is part of the William E. Moran Commons and Plaza, dedicated last spring in honor of former Chancellor Moran.

In other construction sites on campus:

  • Reynolds Hall Renovation Construction contracts were recently approved and the contractors are mobilizing on this site to begin the removal of the old furniture and start demolition of areas being renovated.
  • Pedestrian Underpass Workers are currently pouring concrete for the tunnel walls under the railroad tracks. When completed, the walls and roof will have a unique pattern that will be enhanced by the tunnel lighting. The design of the north ramp and south plaza will accommodate handicap access and bicycle traffic. Completion of construction is currently targeted for late fall 2013.
  • Police Building Workers have completed the earthwork phase of construction and are now constructing the building’s foundations. Masonry construction and steel erection will occupy this summer’s work, with the building’s exterior and roofing system this fall. Completion of construction is currently scheduled for next spring.

In next CW: See a detailed preview of the dome and some dining offerings you’ll find under the dome.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by David Wilson, of Fred Patrick at central stairwell as area is renovated.