By Sophia Bates, Staff Writer
Photo by Brendan Felch/ The Towerlight
The number of construction projects continues to grow on Towson’s campus with the Glen Dining Hall being the newest building closure. Closed until January 2020, its renovations will cause a few changes to the dining experience on campus.
According to Sean Welsh, the director of media relations and news, the dining hall’s 21,000 square-foot renovation is expected to give students another dining option until the University Union opens its expanded dining choices.
“The Glen dining facility will be redesigned to accommodate for student needs at lunch time during the Union renovation,” Welsh said. “Our phased efforts at the Union have been planned so as to take into account the many uses of the building, and to minimize the impacts to our campus community.”
Project Manager Kenneth Keady noted that the Glen Dining Hall is undergoing many changes during the year-long renovation.
“The Glen dining renovation will be a complete renovation of the interior of the dining facility,” Keady said. “In addition to all the new kitchen equipment and serveries, the layout of the dining hall will be much different. The old furniture will be replaced with new, arranged to create better circulation within the building for a more pleasant dining experience for the student population.”
After being built in 1983, and with it’s last renovation in 2004, both Welsh and Keady said that the current renovation will provide an “up-to-date and energy efficient facility.”
“The renovation will also aim to transform the building into an up-to-date and energy efficient facility with a goal of achieving LEED Silver Certification,” Welsh said.
Keady noted that the completed renovation will also include a new café and a convenience store at the plaza level.
“Upon entering Glen Dining building at the plaza level, the students will have a convenience store and a café available to them,” Keady said. “The café will have its own indoor seating, overlooking the dining area, and will be open extended hours after the dining facility is closed.”
According to Associate Vice-President for Auxiliary Services Dan Slattery, students needed a breakfast location “relatively close” to Glen towers during the dining hall renovation. Contenders included the Susquehanna Dining Room and the Paws Café. It was decided, after discussion with Chartwells, that the Paws location would be the easiest choice.
“Typically, we have fairly low breakfast participation numbers at all the dining halls, so Paws should be large enough to handle and the staff could manage routine walk-up business as well as the residential component in the same location,” Slattery said.
Slattery added that Paws Café will be one of the last areas of the Brand New U to be renovated, but will remain open until late in the project.
“Paws renovations will involve it evolving into a somewhat modern take on a diner with the ability to offer items suitable to its use regardless of the time of day,” Slattery said.