Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

MAY 2017

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68 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • MAY 2017 WILKERSON DINING CENTER IN WILKERSON COMMONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA (UND), GRAND FORKS A culinary support center and contemporary food-themed platforms transform the dining experience in this campus hub. 2017 FACILITY DESIGN PROJECT OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION WILKERSON DINING CENTER FACTS ● Opened: Sept. 20, 2015 ● Scope of Project: Complete renovation of and addition to a 1960s building, including a central support kitchen and serving area with contemporary food-themed platforms and seating redesign. The lower level contains a large open gaming, gathering and studying area, performance space, meeting rooms, service area for the university's residence life department, mail and package delivery, computer labs and a convenience store. ● Size: Kitchen, 13,760 sq. ft.; serving area, 8,000 sq. ft.; main dining room, 7,300 sq. ft.; secondary dining room, 2,075 sq. ft. ● Seats: 420 in the primary dining room; 125 in secondary dining room; 40 on patio ● Daily Customer Count: 3,500 ● Average Check: AYCTE, but $11 if a guest pays for one meal ● Payment Options: Credit cards, cash, meal plan ● Total Annual Sales: $6.5 million ● Hours: 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily ● Menu Specialties: Featured menu items at the nine main floor platforms, which include Global Cuisine, Dakota Homestyle, Gourmet Noodle, Wood-Fired Italiano, The Grille, Garden Greens, Delicatessen with adjacent Panini Grill, Sizzling Salads, Allergen-Free, Sweet Endings, Chef 's Table, Beverages, Grab and Go Café ● Staff: 5 managers; 35 full-time staff; 20 temporary staff (non-benefitted); 150 students ● Total Project Cost: $27 million; $10 million for construction ● Equipment Cost: $4.2 million ● Website: Each food concept could be a stand-alone project with its exhibition-style service and backup and storage. Photograph by Corey Gaffer

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