New square, food court in the works for RSC

7:51:04 AM CDT - Friday, September 24, 2004

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

A $1 million project to renovate the student lounge and Copperfield's dining areas in the Rhatigan Student Center will get under way Monday, Oct. 4, according to RSC director Bill Smith.

While the renovations go on through Jan. 10, on-campus diners will still find food service in the RSC, and students will still have a place to hang out. A buffet line will be set up in part of the current seating area of Copperfield's and Duffy's on the second floor will become a lounge area with wireless Internet capabilities.

The redesigned Copperfield's will extend into the current Fairmount and Kansas meeting rooms and will feature more of a food-court design with different food stations, including Chick-fil-A. The food areas, each of which will have its own drink station and cashiers to reduce waiting time for those services, will include a sandwich bar and a grab-and-go convenience center; a "diner" that will serve hamburgers, mashed potatoes, gravy and other comfort foods; and a pasta, pizza and salad station. The Taco Bell and Chick-fil-A stations will round out the selections.

Once finished, the Shocker Lounge, between Commerce Bank and the Fast Break food bar, will be renamed Shocker Square, Smith said. Commerce Bank, Fast Break and the Shocker Card Center will continue to operate during the renovations.

Walz, Harman and Kauffmann is the general contractor for the renovations. McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry is the architect.

The university's food contractor Sodexho is contractually obligated to help with the renovation cost and is providing $230,000. The Student Government Association appropriated $100,000 for the Shocker Lounge renovation. The rest of the project cost will be paid for from the RSC's reserve funds, Smith said.

It will be the first major facelift for the lounge and dining areas since the 1980s. The Shocker Lounge last underwent major remodeling in 1980, while Copperfield's was remodeled in 1986, according to Smith. Other areas in the RSC, which was built in 1959, have been remodeled within the past decade, including the Rec Center and areas in the lower-level and the bookstore.

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