Board of Regents approves new dining facility for Kennesaw State
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved the construction of a new state−of−the−art dining hall for Kennesaw State University‚ allowing KSU to continue its evolution as a full−fledged residential university. The Regents approved the project during their Aug. 20 board meeting.(For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)
(Aug 20, 2008) — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved the construction
of a new state−of−the−art dining hall for Kennesaw State University‚ allowing KSU
to continue its evolution as a full−fledged residential university. The Regents approved
the project during their Aug. 20 meeting.
“With the addition of our newest state−of−the−art residence hall this fall‚ KSU continues to expand into a vibrant‚ active campus‚” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “The Regents’ approval of our dining hall will further enhance the student living experience by providing first−class dining options‚ and will build upon the living−learning community we are creating here at KSU.”
University officials plan to open the two−story‚ 50‚000 square feet dining hall during the fall 2009 semester. The 1‚000−seat facility will be located in the heart of the KSU campus‚ between the A.L. Burruss Building housing the Michael J. Coles College of Business and the new Health Sciences Building off of Frey Road‚ which is scheduled to open in 2010.
The Kennesaw State University Foundation will secure financing for the $21 million project‚ which will operate as a revenue−generating auxiliary enterprise.
“The Foundation is thrilled to play a major role in another project which is continuing to grow the university‚” said Norman Radow‚ chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees. “This facility will be a stunning landmark even in the midst a campus of beautiful buildings.”
The new dining facility will help meet the increased demand for food operations‚ as current operations at the Carmichael Student Center — initially designed to handle 5‚000 students‚ faculty and staff — cannot fully accommodate the more than 21‚000 students and more than 2‚000 faculty and staff that comprise the campus population‚ said Faye Silverman‚ director of KSU Auxiliary Services.
“Our facility will be exciting‚ fun and inviting‚” said Faye Silverman‚ director of KSU Auxiliary Services. “We want this to be the place for our students.”
The dining hall will operate every day of the week during the fall and spring academic semesters‚ with continuous service for both residential and commuter students‚ Silverman said. Generally‚ the hall will be open from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.‚ and on weekends with later opening hours. The facility also will offer students on−campus employment opportunities‚ enhancing their flexibility to work around class schedules.
A wide variety of dining options will be offered to students via meal plans to suit their particular needs‚ from traditional home cooking to 1950s diner−type fare and international cuisine‚ as well as breakfast options‚ Silverman said. The hall also will include a coffee shop and dessert offerings. Sodexo Inc.‚ which currently operates many KSU food services‚ will manage the dining hall.
Officials also plan to offer vegan and vegetarian options and will be sensitive to food allergens like wheat‚ dairy‚ nuts and shellfish. Additionally‚ Gary Coltek‚ assistant director of culinary services‚ plans to develop a number of innovative programs in the new facility‚ including a greenhouse where KSU will grow herbs and vegetables to be used in food service.
To help keep students healthy‚ Silverman said the dining facility will work with the KSU Wellness Center to empower students with information to make nutritious choices.
To accommodate customers desiring a quieter meal time‚ or those working on projects with others‚ the second floor of the dining hall will contain soft seating areas and terraces. Students also will be able to gather in group dining rooms located on that same level‚ which can be used for team projects‚ residential student life activities or classes.
KSU officials hope to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the facility as part of KSU’s environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.