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Dine in: New serving stations and College Ave entrance open

Photo of new serving stationsMoran Commons’ College Avenue entrance has opened. And so have new serving stations. Come and enjoy.

For Moran Commons, the longtime dining facility for UNCG, Phase 3 of its renovation is complete.

The newly renovated area of Moran Commons will provide for a comfortable, user-friendly and modern dining space for Spartans for many years to come.

As it opened Monday, a “Find Your Food” color-coded guide showed students, faculty and staff where they’d find their favorite dining options:

  • Gourmet salads; Create your own salad bar; Soup
  • Pizza; Pasta
  • Mongolian Grill, Asian cuisine, Grilled sandwiches; Burgers; Chicken and hot dogs
  • Bakery
  • Homestyle; Gluten-free
  • Breakfast; Omelets; Cereal

Scott Milman, director of Auxiliary Services, was on hand for the soft opening Sunday night as students returned from spring break. He noted that being able to enter from College Avenue as well as the western entrance provides greater access and convenience for students, faculty and staff. He also noted that social media in the first hours of the soft opening showed students liked the new area a lot.

Moran Commons now appears open and airy, with fewer interior walls. Skylights bring in lots of natural light.

Five thousand-pound glue-lam wooden beams with wooden struts are a central feature. An exposed wood roof of arches span the nearly 107-foot-diameter central space. Five identical curved wooden arch vaults have been constructed along the axis of each existing dining wing. The crown of these vaults is 41 feet high.

Milman noted parts of the commons go back more than a century. The space appears new and modern, yet its past is honored.

Earlier phases of the renovation included work on the western part of the commons.

The renovation to Moran Commons will be paid for over time by a portion of meal plan fees.

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By Mike Harris