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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, Hollins says.