Friday, September 9, 2016 - 2:11pm

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting celebrating renovations to the dining area on JCC’s Jamestown Campus at 10:30 a.m. on September 20.

Located in the Hamilton Collegiate Center, the dining area has undergone a complete redesign to improve customer experience and increase usage of the space.

Renovations began in summer 2015 with the installation of upgraded refrigeration and oven equipment. Repairs and infrastructure improvements were also made to the kitchen, an area that had not been updated in several decades.

“The summer 2015 renovations created a state-of-the art kitchen area which has been very necessary, but largely unseen,” said Eileen Goodling, vice president of student development and chief diversity officer. “The 2016 upgrade to the dining area offers the JCC community a visual `wow’ to the space.”

The dining area is one component of the campus’ Student Union facility, adding to a common area that “allows students, faculty, and staff a community space to meet, converse and, of course, share meals,” added Dr. Goodling.  

The former cafeteria space and an adjacent area have been redesigned into an open concept floor plan that features more seating as well as additional computer stations for student use. New lighting, digital menu boards, and furniture complement the integrated space.

The $2 million project included funding from state and county sources as well as the Hultquist Foundation.

“This project has been a true partnership among many internal and external JCC constituencies for the past two years,” emphasized Dr. Goodling. “The resulting attractive space, modernized furniture, and updated technology are truly experienced best by speaking to JCC students who are enjoying the new dining area.”

Lessing’s Food Services is under contract with JCC’s Faculty Student Association to provide a variety of meal selections on weekdays.

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