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Dining Hall Commons

What's Cookin'? We’re Building a Better Dining Experience. 

Construction on the The Dining Commons has begun! A new dining and social destination on campus, the four-story, 70,000-foot Dining Commons will have a rounded façade and a soaring glass atrium for a bright and welcoming entrance, a wide variety of dining options, and a retail mall that will include a Starbucks, grill and sandwich restaurant, bakery, and lounge and performance areas for students. A new social hub on campus, it will also provide conference and meeting space plus an outdoor terrace. Bookmark this page to track the progress and stop in for a tour once we open our doors next fall. 


The lower level will have retail operations which will include grill works, soups, sandwiches, salads and convenience store operations in a single retail space. The main level will also include a Starbucks location, a new bakery and a faculty and staff dining room. Throughout the retail space, there will be a variety of seating choices which include table and pub height seating and soft seating to offer a wide variety of choices to facilitate socialization as well as work for those that wish to continue their activities over a meal.

The second and third floors will contain the residential meal program. Here patrons on meals plans, as well as those who prefer the option of the daily door rate, will have the choice of multiple-themed food suites offering American, Mediterranean, Asian, allergy free and Mexican within a spacious environment which again include an abundant variety of seating selections.  With all access service hours, the need to be in or out quickly will no longer be the case and patrons may linger for socialization or work as they wish. The floors will include open seating, as well as quiet spaces, with an option to reserve dining spaces for meetings or group activities.

The fourth floor will occupy just one half of the full footprint and will house the meeting space for the Board of Trustees, as well as new conference rooms for professional development and conferences. The remaining space on the fourth floor will include an outdoor terrace with general purpose seating or reserved as needed for events and conferences.

What else is there?

The exterior of the building will include a pedestrian mall that will be a major footpath for traffic between the Gazebo area and Sleith Hall and will contain outdoor seating and tables to enjoy the outdoors along with your meal selections.

The site plan will include a seating wall and from each level of the building, the view will be oriented toward the campus interior which include the Gazebo, Churchill Hall and D’Amour Library.

Green space will be added at the north side of the building, and this will displace parking currently located in the area adjacent to the Welcome Center and Herman Hall.