Next fall, Albion College students will have an entirely new dining experience in Baldwin Hall, thanks to renovations slated to begin in March 2013.
"We intend to make Lower Baldwin Dining Hall a distinctive, restaurant-quality destination that's attractive to the entire campus community," said Todd Tekiele, the College's director of auxiliary services. "Enhancing the dining experience for our students is the primary goal."
Bon Appetit Management Company, the College's dining services partner, will continue to emphasize fresh, made-from-scratch food in a newly renovated facility that will only enhance its ability to showcase its culinary passion. The high-quality food offerings will be complemented with a dining atmosphere that will include a variety of finishes on the walls and in the serving and dining areas.
The entrance to Lower Baldwin will be more inviting and open, providing an immediate view of the new Fresh Express salad bar with its colorful array of nutritious foods. In addition, new food stations, such as an Italian pizza oven and made-to-order deli and grill areas, will enhance the variety of customizable menu offerings. Seating will be more flexible than the current configuration, and will offer a variety of styles.
"Input from students has been very helpful as the design has taken shape. We're looking forward to getting valuable feedback at upcoming meetings," Tekiele said.
Upgrades in the food preparation areas will greatly improve efficiency in the College's dining operation, including a significant amount of energy and water savings, according to Tekiele.
To accommodate the renovations, student dining will move to Upper Baldwin Dining Room when students return from spring break in mid-March and will continue there through final exams in early May. Other flexible dining options will also be available to students. (See the FAQ page for more information.)
Beginning May 13, Baldwin Hall will be entirely closed for renovation. Summer programs, camps and conferences will continue without interruption in alternative locations. The project completion date is Aug. 2.