PUC cafeteria receives facelift
Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 21:08
Students wandering into the cafeteria in SUL this school year will be in for some changes as it has undergone a summer-long renovation.
Director of Procurement Phil Brown saidthere have not been any renovations done to the cafeteria since around the year 2000.
“The renovations this summer have been made to enhance the visitors experience and improve traffic flow,” Brown said.
According to Academic Facilities Director Michelle Grant, one of the cash registers from the front of the cafeteria has been moved to help improve traffic. Grant said the reason for this is that the register was too close to the self-serve soda fountain and crowding and collisions were happening between students in line to pay and in line for the fountain. Grant also said food serving lines would be repositioned and the “signage” would be made clearer.
“Upgrades to the cafeteria serving area will assist the visitor in making an informed selection from the variety of offerings available and then more efficiently move to the dining area,” Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services Ken Johnston said.
There were also some repairs made in the cafeteria. Grant said there was some trouble with the laminate flooring, which has now been fixed.
There will also be a new, but familiar, color scheme in place.
“[We are going to] reinforce the Purdue colors [with a] black and gold color palette,” Grant said.
Brown said the total estimated cost of the renovations, though not yet final, comes to about $110,000, and the costs are shared about half and half between Chartwells and PUC.
“We are pleased to work with Chartwells to provide a pleasant and satisfying foodservice experience at Purdue Calumet,” Johnston said.
Chartwells Food Service Director Diane Wisniewski could not be reached for comment at the time of print.