Work is currently underway to remodel the interior of the Northwest University Dining Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus. Upgrades will include: relocation of food prep and service areas, the addition of booth seating, new walls, paint, carpet, lighting, and remodeled bathrooms.
The Dining Hall was built in 1961 – 1962, according to Let Light Shine Out, written by Marjorie Sell Stewart on the history of Northwest. Since its construction, the Dining Hall has undergone several changes, including a new entrance, back seating room, and dish room remodel. The current project will be the biggest Dining Hall remodel to date.
Steve Sankey (above), Director of Campus Planning and Construction, is overseeing the project that involves both Northwest University personnel and outside contractors. Steve has been involved with multiple projects on the campus, including the building of the Donald H. Argue Health and Sciences Center (HSC) and the renovation of the former Seahawks headquarters that is now home to Northwests administrative offices, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Business and Management.
When asked about the Dining Hall project, Dr. Joseph Castleberry, President of Northwest University, said, One of the first things I noticed when I arrived at NU was the obvious need of a new dining hall. The food was so much more appealing than the atmosphere! This remodel will be a great help in giving us a nicer ambience at meal time. It's not a permanent solution, but it will tide us over for awhile until we're ready for another major capital campaign.
The Dining Hall remodel is scheduled to be complete in time for students arrival at the end of the summer.
Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2009