FREMONT – Midland University revealed a remodeled dining hall at their open house on Wednesday.
The remodel is the second part of a $1.5 million renovation of the campus dining and common spaces. The plans for the renovations began after the university partnered with Fresh Ideas to provide food service.
When students move onto campus for the new academic year, they’ll find a variety of welcoming spaces to eat and study, along with a new array of serving stations. In-between meals, students will have a chance to study, do homework, or congregate in the new dining hall. Another new feature they added was the installation of outlets at tables for students and faculty to charge their phones or laptops.
Director of Dining Services, Andrew Strecker, says they wanted to make it an open and welcoming space for students.
“Our philosophy was really wanting to make it a place where the student would be able to congregate, and be able to have fun,” said Strecker. “We didn’t really have a whole lot of common grounds here on the Midland campus. So what we wanted to do was separate it out a little bit more, make it a little more open. Have the stations so they’re a little bit more spread out.”
The new stations added include a Foodie Bar, where the chefs can create anything from a Mongolian grill to a burrito bowl, and the Chef’s Table that offers classic home cooking. There is also Fresh Fusion, which offers vegan, vegetarian, and other healthy choices.
One of the popular additions is a wood stone pizza oven, which Strecker says not only looks nice, but makes a quality product.
“We really want it there because it’s a great presentation, you get a great product from it, and it’s a real eye-catcher” said Strecker. “It’s kind of that first big thing that really catches your eye. It’s just a really awesome showpiece.”
This remodel was only a piece of Midland’s Dining Hall and Student Commons renovation project. Last year the university updated the Warrior Grille and Presidential Dining Rooms. The next renovation will be the lower level of the Olson Student Center.