University of Dallas students and staff should expect to see great changes in Haggar Student Center in the fall 2012 semester. The cafeteria, dining area and foyer will be remodeled to accommodate the growing student population. The old Dominican priory building behind Braniff will be gone as well.
By the time students return in the fall, the cafeteria serving area will be completely remodeled. The narrow serving line students currently process through will be, replaced by specialty stations with different dining choices. This will allow greater efficiency in the cafeteria as well as space to offer more menu options that will be prepared to order.
The dining room will also have new carpet, and new flooring will be added to the Cappuccino Bar as well as the post-office area. The foyer area will be redecorated with new furniture, new lighting and updated artwork.
“The work we had done over Christmas break, renovating the two restrooms by the Cap Bar and replacing the flooring outside Student Life, was the first phase of this larger Haggar project,” Associate Vice President Patrick Daly said.
Daly, who over the last 35 years has managed many of UD’s construction projects, including the Cappuccino Bar in 1982 and the New Residence Hall in 2010, is managing the entire project. He is excited to improve the Haggar University Center, and says construction will begin the day after graduation and be completed by August 17, 2012.
Daly, himself a UD alum, explained the school’s need to accommodate its growing population. “The dining room and cafeteria line [have] not changed since 1975, when it was built to serve a resident student population of about 400,” Daly said. “With enrollment growing and the addition of the New Residence Hall, the cafeteria now serves over 700 student residents plus a large number of commuters and employees.”
He continued to explain how the school is using its $5-million donation to fund this project, with $3.1 million spent on the remodeling, and the rest going to the development of a new walkway that will connect the main campus to the DART University of Dallas Orange Line Light Rail Station.
When discussing the priory, Daly said, “It was nice for the 14 people who lived there, but it was not a good space for long-term university use.” By demolishing it, the school will have several acres of space available, but it will be up to donors to determine what will be built there in the future.
Daly said they are “taking it down now in order to prepare for a new building in the future. It could be a library or another College of Business building; we don’t know yet.”
Students should be excited to return to an updated UD in the fall.