Published on Monday, December 10, 2012 17:08
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