By: Melody Chibnik, Contributing Writer
Renovation projects on Newell Dining Hall and the Glen Bridge that began this summer will continue throughout the entirety of the fall 2016 semester.
Renovations on Newell Dining Hall, designed by Read & Co. Architects and overseen by Towson Construction Services, began construction in late May 2016 after several years of planning. Newell was constructed in 1914 and has not seen a significant or major renovation in more than 50 years. Although it’s receiving a massive overhaul, most of the architectural aspects, including the cathedral style hall will remain intact.
According to Director of Construction Services Scott Guckert, when the building reopens students will find the renovated food service location fully updated. This new space will include a floor plan that will open the area up for students, an upgraded menu including pizza cooked in a viewable pizza oven and upgraded facilities, elevators and restrooms.
“The upstairs dining hall will have a full-service bakery, a retail deli serving premium-quality meats with late-night hours, and expanded action stations serving additional made-to-order food options,” Guckert said. “In addition, students will also find a more energy efficient building as a result of the new roof and windows. The new elevator will provide much needed alternative method of travel between levels.”
Towson has made accommodations for all students who may be affected by this change. During the renovation, Newell, Richmond, Scarborough and Prettyman residence halls will offer a free continental breakfast in their respective lobbies every Monday through Friday.
The Liberal Arts Cafe will have extended hours for the duration of the construction, serving Starbucks coffee, sandwiches and sushi. Au Bon Pain will also have extended hours for students who want to grab a quick bite before class.
The project is slated for completion by January 2017. Until then, students can visit any of the other dining halls on campus.