by AMY BUKVICH
Last summer, renovations of Mount Mary College began with remodeling five classrooms, expanding the library and adding Parkway Place and the Barnes & Noble bookstore. Additional renovations are expected to resume in early May. The biggest project will take place in the kitchen and serving areas of the Alumnae Dining Room.
The dining hall has served students since the 1970s. According to Reyes Gonzalez, chief financial officer, the serving area no longer meets state health regulations. All equipment for meal service and preparation will be replaced and the metal ceiling will be redone with wooden rafters to give the space a more modern look.
The main dining room will remain untouched until phase two of the project. These changes will be discussed at a later date.
The new equipment for the Alumnae Dining Room serving area will allow Food Services, Inc. to provide more meal options for students. According to Whitehead, one addition will be interactive action stations where students will see their meals prepared.
“Stations [will] include a carving station, an exhibition cooking station, an entree line and a pizza/pasta station,” Whitehead said. “There will be a pizza oven behind the serving line where all pizzas will be cooked…Standard items like a full salad bar will also be available, and we will continue to offer a large array of beverages.”
“The servery will be isolated from the dining room by glass walls and doors, which will contribute to an upscale look,” explained Whitehead.
The lower levels of Caroline Hall and Notre Dame Hall, as well as five additional classrooms, will also be improved this summer. The resident hallways will be repainted and have new lighting installed. Wireless Internet will become available in designated hot spots throughout campus.
“At this time we are trying to address the critical areas of the school,” Gonzalez said. “We have a strategic plan, and its purpose is to prepare for future generations and student success.”