ANN ARBOR, MI-A $21-million dining center is the second in a series of capital projects by the University of Michigan as part of a comprehensive plan to upgrade campus housing. The architectural firm of Goody Clancy and Associates of Boston has been hired to design the facility.

The Hill Dining Center will involve renovation of existing space in either the Mosher-Jordan or Stockwell residence halls, and will include an addition that could run behind either building to the west toward Palmer Field. A decision on the location will be made after additional architectural and site reviews are completed and assessed over the next few weeks.

Altogether, the dining facility is expected to include 45,000 sf of space, enough for approximately 700 seats. The project cost includes about $3.5 million for food service equipment and furniture.

“This project is the first in the RLI plan to address one of the issues students identified as most important in surveys of residential life,” says vice president for student affairs E. Royster Harper. “It begins to meet the needs of students for unique community places to gather where they can get high-quality food at their convenience.”

Housing director Carole Henry says the Hill Dining Center is the first of two similar projects identified in the university’s plan. Another dining center is proposed for the Central Campus neighborhood. The plan also calls for renovating Bursley and East Quad dining facilities and adding supplemental food service operations in all residential neighborhoods.

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