Anticipation builds over dining center renovations

Dining Services on campus have changed a lot recently with the refurbishment and transformation of the new Harbor Grill and the Coastal Market convenience store. Dining Services is facing a new change as the Boyd Dining Center is entering renovations.

Demolition began in the East and West Dining Areas last week, and the project planned to take place over the summer. 

In an interview with Keith Moore, Vice President for Campus Life and Operations, and Timothy Lockett, General Manager of Sodexo Dining Services on campus, the project is announced to be a month ahead of schedule. Due to the pandemic, the team has had more time and space to work.

Moore noted the dining hall’s current decor is outdated, with its wood paneling and color scheme.

A rendering depicts the relocated salad and sandwich bar in the dining rooms.

The new dining hall will feature an open and contemporary concept. Recognizing the role the dining hall plays in campus and community activities, the new facilities are meant to strengthen the dining experience and create a destination for students that is comfortable and engaging. 

New food stations include the Grille, Hometown, Action, and Simple Servings.

Many food stations have been relocated in favor of additional seating and more open arrangement.

As for the food itself, Lockett shared Moore’s excitement, citing a new emphasis on made-to-order food and fresh, high quality ingredients. 

Students are also excited for this upcoming project. India Khanna, a current junior, states that she is most excited for the change to the food stations and a more efficient layout. “Out with the old, in with the new,” she explained.

In a message from Dr. Scott Miller, it was announced that there will be another expansion to the Boyd Dining Center and Batten Student Center with the introduction of the Brock Commons, thanks to benefactor and trustee, Jane Brock. 

This addition will be outside the entrances to the Boyd Dining center and will feature more dining space and a new campus quad.  Construction for this project is scheduled to begin in Spring of 2021.

Lauren Faulkner