Lourdes invests in new dining facilityWritten by Duane Ramsey | | email@example.com
Lourdes University is scheduled to open its new dining facility before school resumes Aug. 22.
The $3.8 million project includes a 9,500-square-foot addition to McAlear Hall seating 175 in the dining hall, a full-service gourmet kitchen, a food court with various cuisines, a la carte stations, an outdoor dining patio and a lounge with a wide-screen television.
The facility will serve the 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students and 250 faculty and staff members on the campus in Sylvania.
“Our goal was to have a food service center to serve the needs of our growing number of students living in dorms, along with our other students, faculty and staff as the primary dining facility on campus,” said Mike Killian, vice president for finance and administration at Lourdes.
The number of students living on the university’s campus this fall will double from 100 to 200 with the opening of a new residence hall, Killian said.
Helmer was personally involved in the selection of two features — a wood-burning pizza oven and a soft-serve ice cream machine.
The dining center will be open for a la carte service from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus served during those hours.
Rudolph/Libbe of Walbridge served as the general contractor
for the construction for the dining facility.