Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

SEP 2016

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SEPTEMBER 2016 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • 65 WILKERSON DINING CENTER in Wilkerson Commons at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks D etermination and patience have paid off well for the University of North Dakota's dining services team. When parents who had attended the Univer- sity of North Dakota (UND) in the late 1960s and early 1970s visited their children who were attending 20 or 30 years later, they complained about the antiquated cafeteria's straight-line servery and traditional seating. The students were dissatisfied with the facilities and limited menu offerings and were eating at the other two all-you-care-to- eat (AYCTE) dining facilities on campus. As a result, UND knew an update was necessary. "This was our largest dining center but had the low- est participation," says Orlynn Rosaasen, director of dining services. The center serves 5 surrounding residence halls housing 1,300 students. The North Dakota state legislature approved funding for a UND plan to renovate Wilkerson Dining Center, but after an ar- chitect produced space plans, the allocation was short by about $5 million. "We could have accepted the original allocation, but we A culinary support center and contemporary food-themed platforms transform the dining experience in this campus hub. By Donna Boss, Contributing Editor facility design p r o j e c t o f t h e m o n t h Photograph by Corey Gaffer Photography; Corey Gaffer

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