Photo Gallery | Big changes coming to Catawba Dining Hall
SALISBURY - Catawba College students will take their meals in a renovated dining hall when they return to campus in August.
This after College trustees approved a plan for Catawba’s food service provider, Chartwells, to renovate the space in the Cannon Student Center on campus.
Construction on the space will begin after classes and exams conclude on May 9 and will be completed by the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.
The $1.2 million investment from Chartwells will include a complete transformation of the dining hall stations to include a food court with a salad bar, deli and bakery, a home cooking station, a fire and ice exhibition cooking station, a gas-fired pizza/pasta station and a grill station. A pantry area in the food court will offer breakfast and dessert options. New flooring and seating will be featured in the dining hall as well as flat screen panel televisions.
Building upgrades to the Cannon Student Center are included with the dining hall renovations. These include solar hot water, elevator repairs, a new back stairwell and a HVAC upgrade.
According to Corey Fischer, Catawba’s Director of Dining Services, the dining hall renovations will also allow students continuous dining, with the dining hall being open all day without closing in between meal periods. New meal plan options will also be available to include an unlimited meal plan option, plus more declining balance dollars.
Despite the renovations occurring this summer, workarounds are already being planned so food can be provided for the summer camps scheduled on campus, Fischer said. “Even with renovations and construction, it will be business as usual, with three meals a day being served while camps are in session. While we won’t have the full dining hall at our disposal, we are prepared to deliver uninterrupted service to our camps.”