As the first step in an eight-year renovation plan for Fort Hays State University's McMindes Hall, the residence hall's dining room is getting a $1.2 million overhaul this summer.
McMindes Hall houses the primary eating facility for students living in the residence halls.
"We have stripped the dining room down to the concrete and cinder blocks and started over completely," said Steve Culver, director of Residential Life. Culver said the new facility will be more like a mini food court than a traditional cafeteria.
Students will have greater menu choices in the contemporary facility. Food will be prepared closer to the time it is eaten in an effort to improve overall freshness.
Changes are scheduled to be finished by mid-September. Since boarders arrive in August, the university has arranged for them to eat in the Memorial Union until the renovations are complete.
Stephen Wood, Memorial Union director, said, "Breakfast and dinner will be served in the union's main floor cafeteria and boarders will eat lunch in the Fort Hays Ballroom. Wiest Hall Market Cafe will also be extending its hours to help fill the void."
Wooster Place Apartments are also getting a facelift. This summer marks the start of a two-year continuous renovation of the complex. At the conclusion of the two-year period, all apartments will be completely revamped.
"The Wooster renovations are being done one building at a time," Culver said. One building will be completed each academic term. The building being renovated this summer will be ready for tenants during the fall semester."
Wooster Place, developed in the years 1961 and 1964, will be connected to the university phone and computer networks when the $2.2 million project is complete.