Month: March 2009

A little good luck . . .

Seems to have followed a recent visit to campus by Lucky, the leprechaun from Lucky Charms cereal (a featured item in any campus dining program) bodes well for the ongoing construction of the Warch Campus Center. The next day came a warming trend allowing the crews to move outside and start finishing work on the exterior, install stairs down the embankment and start some level 0 drain work. A coincidence? I’m not so sure.

Our luck has extended well beyond the spring-like weather. Many things on the rest of the project are falling into place. We had two stage lights leftover from the cinema installation, now it looks like we are going to be able to use them in a new sixteen light install in the Somerset room. A little re-work of the pizza area called for some stonework. Lo and behold, we had extra Fond du Lac stone from the outside walls, which will make that station look AMAZING. Finally, a few weeks ago we got word that a large section of one of our corian counters would have to be re-built because of an omission in the plans at a cost of nearly $13,000.00. As luck would have it, this week’s change order utilizes the original countertop.

Thanks for visiting Lucky, maybe next we will find your pot of gold.

On the Road Again . . .

TourBlog.jpg The glare of the lights has dimmed and the memories of the adoring fans has faded away. So goes life after this winter’s Meals, Movies and More Warch Campus Center Tour. Making my way to the far corners of campus (Trever Hall on a cold January night), I had the change to talk with dozens of students about new ideas for campus dining and the endless possibilities of this new facility. This may have been one of the longest winters in recent memory, but it has done nothing to diminish the excitement building on campus for next fall’s opening of the Warch Campus Center.

While there is little evidence on the exterior, the construction is progressing at full speed and on schedule. In recent weeks the interior honed stone has been set in place, gorgeous slate floors have been installed and a variety of Clouds have been hung (much of the Warch Campus Center has clouds instead of full ceilings). The most noticeable progress has been in the kitchen areas. These spaces are now chock full of shiny new stainless steel cooking contraptions of every sort and style. To the untrained eye, it looks like a Rube Goldberg designed home kitchen. I’m certain it will make any chef’s mouth drool and the culinary possibilities are now endless.

I’ll close this brief post with an apology and a promise. My apologies for ignoring the blog this term. I promise you will see entries that are more frequent. There is so much to write about.