Meal Options During Baldwin Renovation
Know Your Plan.
For those on an unlimited meal plan (standard, purple, or gold), Upper Baldwin will serve as the primary location for all-you-care-to-eat, unlimited access dining, similar to what is currently experienced in Lower Baldwin. Hours of operation will remain the same as currently exist in Lower Baldwin.
Other options being offered to students on the board plan during the renovation of Lower Baldwin are meal exchange bundles* at the Eat Shop Café and a new Mexican-themed quick-serve food experience located in the Mary Sykes Room (second floor, Baldwin Hall). This includes:
Eat Shop Café: During lunch and dinner, Sunday through Friday weekly, students may opt to choose a bundled meal* in lieu of dining in Upper Baldwin. By simply swiping your Albion 1Card to verify your meal plan, you may choose one of four bundles and dine-in or take-out. This can be done once each meal period.
Macho Taco: This Mexican-themed "taco cart" concept will be open Monday through Wednesday during dinner hours (4 p.m.-8 p.m.), and also offer meal exchange bundles* for students on an unlimited meal plan. Again, students may choose this option in lieu of eating in Upper Baldwin during a dinner period.
* A meal plan exchange may be used once per meal period at either the Eat Shop Café OR Macho Taco.
Lower Baldwin 2013 Renovation FAQs
Q: When will the renovation of Lower Baldwin begin?
A: March 11, 2013 (during Spring Break). Lower Baldwin will be closed after Spring Break and all of Baldwin Hall will be closed after Commencement in May.
Q: When will the renovation project be complete?
A: August 2013. When students arrive for Fall semester, a newly renovated dining hall will await them.
Q: If Lower Baldwin is closed after Spring Break, where will I be able to eat during the final eight weeks of the semester?
A: Upper Baldwin will be the primary student dining hall and additional exciting alternatives will be announced soon. The Baldwin kitchen will remain operational throughout the semester, though the dining room will be closed for renovation.
Q: Why is the College doing this?
A: The project is designed to give students, staff and guests a distinctive, restaurant-quality dining experience, while also addressing various building infrastructure issues. A newly renovated Lower Baldwin will enhance your experience by:
Providing a new salad bar and food stations that successfully showcases Bon Appetit’s passion for food and culinary culture.
Enhancing the ability for diners to experience more variety and customized menu options, including display cooking with made-to-order options.
Improving the ability to offer plentiful fresh, nutritious, and sustainable food items.
Updating the seating areas with new tables, chairs, lighting, and flooring.
Revamping the café entryway to provide an easier, and welcoming, point of entry and better “first impression” for students and guests (including prospective students and their parents).
Replacing the tray return line to allow a truly tray-less dining option.
Creating a better space to break bread with your classmates, faculty and friends.
Improving the facility and equipment in order to save energy and reduce waste.
Q: Does this renovation project affect me if I am not on a meal plan because I live in a fraternity, apartment, annex, or off-campus?
A: Yes! Lower Baldwin meals may be purchased at the door, and block meal plans are also available and cost-effective. A newly renovated dining hall that offers fresh, sustainable, made-from-scratch food will be a destination eating place for the entire campus community
Q: Will this project cost students additional money such as an increase in meal plan rates?
A: No. Guest prices and meal plan rates are set annually and will not be affected by the renovation.
Q: Who designed the space?
A: Auxiliary Services and Facilities Operations worked with architects, engineers, and designers and sought input from BAMCO and from members of the campus community, including students.
Q: Will the Keller seating area be renovated too?
A: No. The Old Keller was renovated in 2008 and continues to be a popular dining area. Why mess with a good thing?
Q: Who do I contact if I have questions about the renovation project?
A: Questions can be sent to
MORE INFORMATION: Lower Baldwin 2013 Renovation | News release
Lower Baldwin 2013 Renovation
From the seating to the food prep areas, Lower Baldwin is getting a soup-to-nuts upgrade starting in March 2013. The wide-ranging enhancements will result in a "distinctive, restaurant-quality destination that's attractive to the entire campus community," according to Todd Tekiele, Albion College director of auxiliary services.
Among the additions and improvements students will see upon returning to campus in August 2013:
A new "Fresh Express" salad bar featuring fresh hot and cold foods
An Italian-style pizza oven
"Today's Grill," featuring made-to-order grill items
"Sandwich Board," featuring hot and cold sandwiches and soups
A more open and inviting atmosphere, with glass walls and upscale finishes on the walls and serving areas
Flexible seating arrangements, with both booths and tables, along with a variety of seating styles
The project also will feature some not-so-visible yet important refinements to campus dining at Albion:
Greater efficiency: Improved design and equipment in food preparation and dishwashing areas will make for a better dining operation overall. It will also better support the cooking-from-scratch philosophy that is a hallmark of the College's dining services partner, Bon Appetit Management Company.
Sustainability: Installation of new kitchen equipment will offer vastly improved energy efficiency and water savings.
Please note that Lower Baldwin will be closed from Spring Break 2013 to August 2013. For the remainder of the Spring 2013 semester, Upper Baldwin as well as additional dining options will be available to the campus community. A plan is in place for the College's summer programs as well. For more information, please see the College's official news release on the project and an accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. You may also contact Dining and Hospitality Services at
Please revisit this page during the spring and summer of 2013 to see progress photos, and get ready for an all-new Lower Baldwin ... Bring your appetite!
View photos from the renovation on Flickr
New Meals Plans: You Decide!
Traditional Baldwin Meal Plan
- Unlimited meals at Baldwin Café
- $75/semester in Dining Dollars
- Cost: $5,474 for two semesters
- Includes four guest passes
Dining Dollars expire at the end of each semester.
Residential Block Meal Plans
If you're looking for more variety, then this plan is for you. Enjoy carry-out, dine-in and late-night dining at Baldwin Café, The Eat Shop, Read Between the Grinds and The Dub Box. Choose from one of the options below:
15 Block Plan
- 15 meals (card swipes) per week
- $50 in Dining Dollars
- Cost: $5,390 for two semesters
18 Block Plan
- 18 meals (card swipes) per week
- $75 in Dining Dollars
- Cost: $5,474 for two semesters
21 Block Plan
- 21 meals (card swipes) per week
- $150 in Dining Dollars
- Cost: $5,608 for two semesters
Blocks do not carry over at week's end and Dining Dollars expire at the end of each semester.
Card swipes are not to exceed more than three swipes in one day.
Each of the Residential Block Meal Plans includes four guest passes.
Commuter Block Meal Plans
This plan is for students that are looking for the benefits of a Residential Block Meal Plan, but aren't required to be on a meal plan. The following options are available:
75 Commuter Block Plan
- 75 meals (card swipes) per semester
- Cost: $1,800 for two semesters
100 Commuter Block Plan
- 100 meals (card swipes) per semester
- Cost: $2,300 for two semesters
125 Commuter Block Plan
- 125 meals (card swipes) per semester
- Cost: $2,800 for two semesters
Blocks do not carry over at semester end.
Balances for all meal plans can be reviewed at Albion1Card.