PROGRAM CONTACT: GEORGE HOLLINS
MEDIA CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 10, 2002
UI's Burge Residence Hall food service area to be remodeled
The University of Iowa will present the Board of Regents, State of Iowa
with preliminary plans for remodeling a major student food service area in
Burge Residence Hall.
The 70,000 square-foot area provides food service for the east campus residents
of Burge, Daum, Currier, Stanley and Mayflower residence halls, serving some
3,500 meals daily. With the renovation, Burge food service will be able to
accommodate 5,800 meals daily. Included in the project are dining areas and
lobbies, food preparation and dish washing rooms, as well as food storage
spaces. The main building lounge and the four main entrances also will be
remodeled in the project, as well as the passenger and service elevators serving
all six floors of the building. The Regents will consider the plans during
their April 17 meeting in Council Bluffs.
George Hollins, UI director of design and construction, says "The concept
of this design is a food marketplace, featuring a diversity of freshly prepared
food similar to the recently completed Hillcrest dining area on the west campus.
The building's central corridor will become a 'main street' connecting the
main lounge to Burge's three principal entrances, providing direct access
to the Marketplace and dining rooms."
The project will be funded entirely with funds generated from the operation
of residence services, including room and board fees. Bidding on the project
will begin in August and construction will begin in September 2002 and be
completed in November 2004. Construction will proceed in four phases so that
food service can continue for students during the entire construction period,