Students, faculty and staff who are on campus this winter will start to hear the unmistakable sounds of new construction in the Koehneke Community Center (KCC). Starting in mid-December, renovations will begin on the Crossroads Dining Room, financed in part by Sodexo, the University’s dining provider.
“Together, Sodexo and CUC envision a bright, engaging and welcoming space that allows students to see, smell and experience every culinary offering the moment they arrive,” says Frank Budig, Sodexo general manager. “We have redesigned the entire layout, bringing our new global bars to the front. As students and guests first enter they will be greeted by healthy, savory, made-to-order options.”
Some of the major improvements will include:
- New, relocated entranceway
- Reconfigured and new serving stations
- New and varied seating configurations and furnishings
- Improved lighting and flooring
- New conference rooms, including formal and informal meeting spaces
“Wide-open access points, coupled with clear signage and digital menus, elevate the culinary experience, putting food first and making decisions easier for hurried students,” says Budig. “Clean lines and natural finishes provide an atmosphere of comfort and simple elegance.”
The renovations are expected to be completed in early April 2021. While construction is underway, the primary food-serving area will move to the lower level of the KCC in the Cougar Den. “The University is committed to providing students with a vibrant residential life, and this complete renovation of the main dining hall will enhance the sense of community and fellowship for students, parents and visitors to Concordia-Chicago,” says Dean of Students Kathy Gebhardt.