BOZEMAN — Montana State University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony and reception for its new dining hall on Friday, Oct. 28.
The ceremony will be held from 3-3:30 p.m. at the dining hall construction site, which is located north of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building. A reception will follow from 3:30-4:30 p.m. inside of Harrison Dining Hall.
The new dining hall is being built to accommodate campus growth and to continue the university’s commitment to providing contemporary food options that are popular with students, according to Tom Stump, director of MSU Auxiliary Services. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
Stump said the new hall is being funded with a combination of revenues from MSU Auxiliary Services repair and replacement funds (room and board fees) and bond proceeds, which are serviced with the Auxiliary Services funds. No state funds will be used for the project.
Like MSU’s recently renovated Miller Dining Hall, Stump said the new dining hall is designed to have a contemporary feel, with food being prepared and served in separate venues in front of its patrons rather than in a separate kitchen area. He added that the new dining hall will feature diverse venue and menu options, including omelets made-to-order, burgers and milkshakes, pizza with hand-tossed crusts from MSU’s own bakery, pasta and sautéed entrees, Thai, Korean and Indian dishes from a Wok station, salads, soups, sandwiches, smoothies and built-to-order burritos. It will also offer a retail espresso/bakery shop as well as gluten-free and vegan options.
Stump said the hall will have 700 seats and the capacity to serve more than 10,000 students daily – or a million diner visits over the course of a year.
With the new dining hall, the university’s Harrison and Hannon dining halls will both be used for different purposes in the future. Beginning in the fall of 2017, students enrolled in MSU’s new culinary arts program will temporarily use Hannon Dining Hall for their studies, Stump said. Then, in the summer of 2018, Harrison Dining Hall will be converted into the permanent home of MSU’s new hospitality management and culinary arts programs. Once that happens, the university plans to repurpose Hannon for University Food Service operations, Stump said.
“This plan for the use of Harrison and Hannon provides a win-win situation for both dining operations and academic programming,” Stump said.
For the new dining hall project, Langlas Construction is serving as the general contractor, and Mosaic Architects based in Helena is the architectural group in charge of design.
For more information about the new dining hall, contact Stump at 994-2661 or email@example.com.
Contact: Tom Stump, director, MSU Auxiliary Services, (406) 994-2661 or firstname.lastname@example.org