On Friday, August 25, 2017, Indiana
University of Pennsylvania “cut the ribbon” to open North Dining. This new
facility is phase three (the final phase) of IUP’s $37-million dining master
plan, IUP Dining Innovations.
Dining, located adjacent to the Northern Suites and the Hadley Union Building
parking lot, will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m.
to 7:30 p.m., and for lunch on Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It offers seating
for about 600 people.
stations in North Dining include:
building also offers a gathering space with seating for up to 68, which can be
reserved for meetings and events for those would like to dine in the facility. North
Dining also houses the central IUP Dining offices.
on this $17-million facility began in May 2016.
President for Student Affairs Rhonda Luckey began the ribbon-cutting event,
commenting “our goal was to respond to students’ desires to have modern, more
convenient dining facilities, and great menu variety. Today, with the
completion of Dining Innovations, our students have so much more.”
noted that the first two phases of the project, Crimson Café and Folger Dining
Hall, have been met with great response and success.
Innovations has created opportunities for community and kinship across the
university; faculty, staff, and students share a meal, share conversation, and
Tim Grant, vice president for strategic
initiatives for Aramark, also delivered remarks at the event, followed by comments
from IUP President Michael Driscoll.
“Here we are, at long last, at the end
of our dining master plan,” he said. “It has been an exciting experience to
watch all of the phases unfold; or, perhaps an appropriate metaphor would be to
watch the napkin unfold and the table setting being placed in position.
“Demolition and construction are, all
in themselves, exciting events, with all the noise and movement, but the best
part comes after the dust settles and being able to see students interacting
with each other over coffee or a meal, solving the world’s problems or maybe
just solving the day’s math problems,” Driscoll said.
He recognized all of the hard work to
meet the timeline of the projects.
“Three phases in four years is a pretty
lofty schedule—and you did it,” he said.
Phase one of the project, the Crimson
Café, opened in August 2014. This $6.5-million, 400-seat retail dining facility
includes a Starbucks, the Crimson Bistro, Burger Studio, and the Fireplace, plus
a selection of grab-and-go items, including soup, salads, wraps, and hot meals.
of the project is a $13.75-million renovated Folger Dining Hall, opened in
Dining Hall includes the Global Grill, which combines Mongolian, char, and
flattop grills preparing international dishes and traditional favorites; the
Sandwich Artisan; Olive’s Kitchen with traditional favorites, vegetarian dishes,
and features for those with special dietary needs; Pasta la Vista, featuring pizzas
and pasta; Produce Market (salad bar); and Great Wraps, located in the lobby of
Dining revenues fund
the renovation and construction of the three facilities that are part of the
Dining Innovations Plan.
The IUP Council of Trustees approved
the $37-million campus dining master plan in December 2011. The development of
that plan by Desmone & Associates Architects, of Pittsburgh, and Envision
Strategies, based in Colorado, was approved in 2010 and included extensive
study, focus groups, and surveys of students.
long-range campus facilities master plan was approved by the Council of
Trustees in December 2010.