Blue Wall Renovations Begin Next Week

Starting the week of Dec. 15, the Blue Wall will be closing for a major renovation and will reopen in the fall of 2014 to offer a new world-class dining experience.

Over the past year, Auxiliary Enterprises staff have traveled to some of the nation’s leading retail dining venues in higher education to evaluate their programs and recreate the same high quality dining experience at the Lincoln Campus Center. Once open, the new facility will offer 12 individual food stations including deli, bakery, and tamale stations, Famous Famiglia, Star Ginger, and salad and sushi bars. The area will have expanded seating capacity in a range of table formats, all in a modern, revitalized atmosphere.

Specific details of the construction area layout are still being finalized and are subject to change. In general, however, beginning next week, most of the southern sections of the Lincoln Campus Center concourse level, and a small portion east of the escalators, will be sealed to allow for negative air flow during demolition. These areas will remain largely inaccessible for the duration of construction. Concourse-level restrooms, building elevators and the passageway to the Student Union will remain open. Most of the north side of the concourse level will also remain open, including the University Store and escalators to the lower level of the building. Demolition and construction activity will result in intermittently high noise levels.

While the Blue Wall is closed for renovation, faculty, staff and students can continue to find light fare at French Meadow on the concourse, or dine at an expanded Hatch in the Student Union. 

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Questions about this project should be directed to the Design and Construction Management project manager, Stephen Lobik, at 545-6516 or