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Enhancements in the works at Davis Dining

Dec. 17, 2009

KALAMAZOO--A dynamic new decor, new seating options and a service style featuring meals prepared in front of guests at separate food stations will become a reality with a major transformation of the Davis Dining facility at Western Michigan University in the coming months.

The University will close Davis Dining Hall for significant renovation beginning Feb. 26 until the end of August to create a contemporary environment featuring healthy and fresh-food options. Renovation planning also is incorporating energy efficient systems and equipment, and decisions are guided by environmental stewardship. Input from WMU students through focus groups, surveys and meetings shaped the planning process.

"The Davis Dining renovation will be an outstanding addition to our on-campus living environments," says Diane Anderson, vice president for student affairs. "An updated dining room will offer students a contemporary space to have meals together, socialize and study outside of the classroom. Our goal is always to provide WMU students with the best possible services and to meet their dining and nutritional needs so they can focus on academic success."

The visible and interactive cooking and preparation areas in the dining room and expanded eating options, including booths and counters with high stools, reflect trends in university dining, adds Judy Gipper, WMU director of dining services. Proposed new menu items include a chef's serving table with entrees, stir-fry and breakfast cooked to order; custom pizza area where students can assemble their own pizzas; cereal and waffle area; dessert, coffee and fruit station; a traditional grill station; and soup, salad bar and deli station.

The new and modern dining space also will include updates to lighting, flooring and overall decor. The renovated Davis Dining Hall will reflect the University's commitment to sustainable systems and create an exciting dining space that will encourage student interaction in a comfortable environment.

For more information, visit wmich.edu/dining/davis or contact Judy Gipper at judy.gipper@wmich.edu or (269) 287-4846.

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