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Groundbreaking for Phase I of IUP Dining Innovations Set for August 16

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday August 16 at 10:30 a.m. for the Crimson Café. This new dining facility is Phase I of IUP Dining Innovations - a $37-million dining master plan.

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Construction of the Crimson Café, a $6.5-million, 400-seat retail dining facility, will be located next to the Performing Arts Center and Stapleton/Stabley library, adjacent to 11th Street. It will open in fall 2014.

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IUP Dining Innovations continues with Phase II, Folger Transformation, to be completed in fall 2015. The plan concludes with Phase III, North Dining: A Destination, to be completed in fall 2016. 

Dining revenues will fund the renovation and construction of the three facilities that are part of the Dining Innovations Plan.

The project was designed by IKM Architects and Ricca Newmark Dining Consultants. 

The Council of Trustees approved the $37-million campus dining master plan in December 2011. The development of that plan by Desmone & Associates Architects and Envision Strategies was approved in 2010 and included extensive study, focus groups and surveys of students. Some of the findings used to develop the campus dining master plan were as follows:

  • An estimated 15 percent growth in campus meal plan participation to 7,000 students
  • A need for new venues for students, with greater menu variety and an “all you care to eat” format
  • A need for facilities more convenient from all areas of campus
  • High demand for facilities with more intimate dining settings

The North Dining Commons, Phase III of the plan, will be located adjacent to Wallwork Hall in the footprint of what is now Keith Hall. It will have 450 seats and a format that is all you care to eat. The North Dining Commons project will begin after the construction of the new humanities building, to begin in fall 2013, and the demolition of Keith Hall.

The $12.1-million renovation of Folger Dining Hall will take place in 2014. The renovation will include construction of an addition and the changing of the facility from a retail site and food court to an “all you care to eat” style dining area.

The architects and planners determined that Foster Dining Hall, located at Grant and 11th streets and built in 1966, required renovations so extensive that it would not be cost effective to continue operations there. How the land Foster occupies will be used has not yet been determined. Demolition of Foster Hall is tentatively scheduled for 2016.

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