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Geisert cafeteria expansion begins on building’s exterior

Chelsea Graham is already looking forward to August, when the renovation of Geisert Hall’s cafeteria will be completed.

“It sounds like a great renovation,” the freshman biology major said. “I can’t wait for it to be done and enjoy the new meal options. Also it will be interesting to see if the renovation will alleviate overcrowding.”

The construction started Dec. 14 on the outer part of the building as well as the restrooms outside Geisert. The restrooms are being renovated to provide more room for the cafeteria.  They will be completely moved.

Director of Campus Dining Services Ron Gibson said they are trying to be conscious of residents of Geisert and students who use the cafeteria.

“We are trying to do it so it is not inconvenient to anyone,” he said. “For this reason we will not begin reconstructing the inside of the structure until May 12. Hopefully everything will be ready on the outside.”

Freshman graphic design major Sammi Sprengel said the construction hasn’t been an inconvenience.

“I am really excited that the cafeteria is so much bigger,” she said. “I live in Geisert and I am really grateful that the workers respect us. They try not to be in everyone’s way in between classes.”

Sophomore Lauri-Ann Crostons said they should have begun construction during warmer weather.

“I like the construction in Geisert, but I think they should have rethought the timing,” she said. “Students have to walk through mud and snow and it’s cold out.”

As of right now the reconstruction is supposed to be finished the first week in August.

“We have not had a single complication so far,” Gibson said. “I think so far it is going really well.”

Gibson said current costs have not changed as well as everything is approved as far as licenses. A drawing will be available for people to see an overview of the renovations.

“Hopefully we will be able to put up a drawing of the new cafeteria outside soon, just an overview of the renovations,” Gibson said. “This will be good for potential students to see, it will show them what it will look like next year.”

The renovations will allow for more selection in food.

“We can have more offerings as far as food,” Gibson said. “It gives us ability for a lot more options available including kosher items. The kitchen will not be as cramped we will no longer be on top of each other.”

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