Empty Cupboards for the Quarter: Renovations Shut Down Dining Hall
On March 13, 2012 as students prepared for final examinations and packed for spring break, Nelson Commons on South Green prepared for a venture as well: a surmountable renovation that will shut the dining hall down until August 2012.
The renovation is a part of the larger master plan to renovate various dining halls in order to enrich the dining hall experience that students will encounter throughout their years living on campus. In wake of the renovations, Culinary Services have transferred nearly 120 employees to various facilities throughout campus.
Nelson Commons is projected to have accomplished their renovations in time for the beginning of Fall Semester in 2013. The concepts for the newly renovated dining hall include a South Side Espresso Bar that will seat up to 50 people, a smokehouse and an Asian fusion bar.
The concepts were developed from a student-led Culinary Service committee, which recommended a cafe in lieu of its proximity to off-campus cafes. Its purpose also serves to create an atmosphere prime for studying and intercommunication.
The other side of Nelson Commons, often referred to as the “old side,” is proposed to open later than August 2013, and will become home to banquet seating for private parties and various event space. Actions for the renovations took place this past September, when new walls were put along the interior of the building, and new exterior winders were installed.
In order to cushion the business diverted from Nelson Hall closure, Shively Hall will be open for breakfast and weekend hours. Nelson Market and Grab ‘N Go will remain open for student use.
Brian Thompson, Director of Auxiliaries at Ohio University stressed that everyone involved felt that it was important to “maintain operations without dramatically affecting the student’s experience.”
Just shy of its closing, Nelson Hall is only part of the larger plan to renovate the remaining dining halls, such as Boyd and Jefferson Halls.
“We have really progressed to a master plan that looks to elevate that student dining hall experience on campus,” said Thompson. “We are proud to have done that with Shively through the concepts that we have introduced there. We look to do the same at Nelson, and the other halls as we continue on through the plan.”Share