Findlay Commons exterior

Findlay Dining Commons to Undergo Renovations

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

When students come back to University Park for spring semester they can expect to see some changes around Findlay Dining Commons.

Renovations to Findlay, slated to begin in January, will mean that students will need to enter the building either at the east staircase or through Johnston Commons. The west entrance and exit will be closed.

Inside, Fresh Express and the Asian Grille, as well as half of the all-you-care-to-eat dining space, will be closed. But students don't need to worry about getting their favorite foods. "To make up for the fact that we're taking away Fresh Express and the Grille, we're making other options available," says Chuck Wakefield, assistant director of Food Services at Findlay. On the first floor will be a modified version of Fresh Express, serving up sandwiches, and upstairs, students can grab a panini or some sushi at Roxy's.

Food services on the ground floor, including The Big Onion, will remain the same during spring semester. The bookstore, however, will close because eventually food services will expand into that space.

"Students will still have plenty of dining options," Wakefield says. "We'll be getting feedback from the students, and we'll do everything we can to accommodate them during this process." Food services staff will monitor activity at Findlay and adjust serving hours accordingly--plans are already in place to extend lunch hours in the all-you-care-to-eat section.

When construction and renovations are completed in January 2017, the end result will be worth the temporary inconvenience. Here's what students can expect from the newly renovated Findlay Dining Commons:

On the ground floor, the Good to Go convenience store will be transformed into essentially a grocery store, expanding from 540 square feet to just over 3,000 square feet. Food services options on the ground floor will serve breakfast all day, as well as burgers and other options. A new full-service coffee shop, featuring Seattle's Best coffee as well as a selection of desserts and baked goods, will round out the ground-floor options.

Findlay will feature a two-story atrium, and the second floor will feature a mix of all-you-care-to-eat stations and retail food areas such as a salad station, pizza, Asian, deli, and sushi. An allergen-free station will offer gluten-free options as well as selections free of the most common food allergens.