The expanded facilities feature upgrades to the main Saga dining hall and servery such as a larger, more open dining environment with additional seating for students and a new common room to support faculty, staff and campus gatherings. By opening up the dining space we reduced the impact of the tiers in the dining hall, expanding the availability of natural light and introducing color and creative placement of the food stations.
In addition to a fresh and modern facelift, the “My Kitchen” cooking station doubles as flexible space that could be used as a cooking classroom or after hours study area. An allergy-friendly zone also has been created and includes “Simple Servings,” which provides food choices for those with allergies or gluten intolerance, while “My Zone” has been designed as a “pantry” where food items needed by those with allergies or special considerations can be housed with precautions against cross-contamination. To accommodate the busy lives of students, there’s also a new grab-and-go option.
The project has followed LEED principles and includes elements that reflect the Colleges’ commitment to sustainability and the environment. These features include environmentally sensitive finishes (paint, carpets, flooring, wood), LED lighting for new fixtures, energy efficient equipment, trayless dining and a new dishwasher that saves energy and reduces water consumption. In partnership with IT Services, the space now features more robust wifi and more electrical outlets for charging convenience.