Hampshire Dining Commons in Southwest is closed this semester for a $15 million renovation, reports Chris Howland, purchasing and marketing manager for Auxiliary Enterprises. The building is expected to reopen in August.
Built in 1966, Hampshire Dining Commons is a two-story, 46,000-square-foot, concrete structure near the northwest corner of Southwest.
The revamped facility will feature an egg design with the preparation areas in the middle of the oval surrounded by the various serving areas. The design is intended to give the dining commons a more open feel, said Howland.
When open, the dining commons will feature a simple New England theme with more than 15 different food concepts, he added. The facility will be able to accommodate 650 students and is expected to serve Southwest residents as well as students living in Commonwealth Honors College, which is scheduled to open next fall.
The renovation was designed by Boston-basedBergmeyer Associates, Inc. and Shawmut Design & Construction, also of Boston, is the contractor. Ivan Chow of Facilities Planning is the project manager.
During the renovation, alternative dining is available at Hampden Dining Commons. Berkshire Dining Commons will expand hours of operation from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days to week, to include breakfast.
Additionally, UMass Dining’s two food trucks, including the newly arrived Baby Berk 2, will be located at the top of the Southwest horseshoe and will accept meal plans during peak periods.