TROY—Troy University officials today broke ground on a dining facility that will increase to 1,000 the number of students who can be served at one time.
“This facility is indicative of the growth we’ve experienced and the growth we expect to continue on the Troy Campus,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Chancellor. “Stewart Hall has served us well for many years but our students will realize much improved service through this new dining facility.”
The two-story structure, which will open in fall 2011 between Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor and Clements Hall, will contain 58,000 square feet of service and preparation area and an additional 21,000 square feet of mechanical space on a third floor. The construction is expected to cost about $11 million.
Designed by the Montgomery architectural firm of Seay, Seay and Litchfield, the project’s general contractor is Whaley Construction Co., of Troy. It is the third major construction project funded under a $62.7 million bond issue. Under construction is the Fraternity Village, a University-owned residential development for the fraternity system, and Trojan Arena, which will serve as both a sports venue and will be the University’s convocation center, providing multi-purpose space for large meetings, commencements, concerts and special events.
The facility will feature four “all-you-can-eat” styled dining venues, a retail dining venue and an exterior courtyard on the first floor. Its second floor will house one “all-you-can-eat” styled dining venue, a retail dining venue and two civic meeting rooms. In addition it will be connected to the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.
The building will be accessible from the University Avenue on first and second levels and from Collegedale Street on the second level.
A prominent feature of the building’s design will be the installation of a roundabout in the current location of the intersection of Luther Drive and University Avenue.