BGSU breaks ground on new environmentally friendly dining center

   Chartwells and BGSU officials break ground for the new McDonald dining center.


BOWLING GREEN, O.—Bowling Green State University students will be able to eat a little greener next fall. On July 1, the University and Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services broke ground on the new McDonald dining center. The building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.

The dining center is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2011 and will house Chartwells’ award-winning “Pulse on Dining” residential dining brand along with nationally recognized retailers. Among its many “green” features are solar energy panels, wind-generated power to help charge the electric catering vehicles that will travel across campus, a rainwater collector and a rooftop garden, which will provide fresh produce for the kitchen.

The building will seat 700 students and will also offer all you care to eat, retail and a space for private parties. Students will be able to enjoy a patio and fire pit.

“This one-of-a-kind public/private partnership will allow us to build this facility faster, cheaper and smarter,” said BGSU President Carol Cartwright. “Most importantly, it will provide great food and a wonderful dining experience for our students. We expect this dining hall to be a destination for the campus and community.”

BGSU and Chartwells joined forces in 2009. The company now manages all dining and catering operations on campus. Chartwells, a division of Compass Group, provides dining services for over 210 colleges and universities around the country.

Click on http://bgsuphoto.smugmug.com/Photography/new-McDonald-dining-center/12767782_F6pad#920086039_TdVF8 to see a photo gallery of project renderings.

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(Posted July 02, 2010 )