Wilkerson Remodeling FAQ
1. Will Wilkerson dining center stay open during the remodeling?
The design team is exploring possible solutions to offer food service during the renovation process. We are looking at either a temporary facility adjacent to Wilkerson or phasing the construction, utilizing part of the building for dining services while other parts are being renovated.
2. When will the renovation begin?
The renovation process has already begun. We are finishing the design phase of the project and project starting the construction phase late summer 2014.
3. How long is it expected to take?
The construction phase may take up to 24 months.
4. What will be the major changes in the dining center?
Based on student feedback, we are designing a multiple concept marketplace in the dining center. Most of the food will be produced in the concepts, in front of the students so they can see their food being made.
5. Will the entrance to the dining center remain in the same location?
The entrance to the dining center will be moved into the addition to the building. Students will enter and exit the dining center from the same stairs.
6. There are a lot of housing services in the lower level, will they stay there?
The services currently offered on the lower level will remain including service desk, mail and package pickup, counseling, ARH office, ResNet, and computer lab.
7. What type of student spaces will be added to the lower level?
Students will see a lot of new lounge and study space. Study rooms will be equipped with the latest technology, allowing students to study and collaborate as a group. Students will also enjoy the new gaming area, equipped so students can utilize their latest electronic gaming devises.
8. Why did Dining Services need to renovate the production area?
The kitchen equipment is old, much of it dates back to when the building was originally build in late 1960. The equipment and space is not sufficient to meet today's expectations.
9. What efficiencies will be gained in renovation the production areas.
A centralized food production and cook chill operation is being added to the production areas. The cook chill and centralized production will allow Dining Services to produce certain foods such as soup, sauces, chili, and sliced deli meats and cheeses in a centralized kitchen in order to send to the other kitchens on campus, which will reduce the labor needed to complete these tasks.
10. Will new concepts be added to the serving area and offer more selection?
The servery will include a large salad bar, home cooking, pasta, international, grill, pizza, and chef display cooking area. These areas will include a rotisserie, a smoker, and a Brazilian Churrasco BBQ grill.
11. Allergies and special diets are important topics to many students. Are you doing anything to address these issues?
The servery will have a station dedicated to serving only food items free from allergens. The service station will have its own cooking, serviceware and dish washing capabilities.
12. Will there be outside spaces for student use?
A patio, amphitheater, and fire pit are being planned on the front of the building. These space will be available for students to use.
13. Will Wilkerson Hall be open to all students or just residence hall students?
Wilkerson is a public building so any student can use the building .
14. Currently Wilkerson Hall is open 24/7, will that continue?
When classes are in session, plans are for Wilkerson to remain open 24/7. Plans are being developed to keep the study and meeting room unlocked.