By Eric Wise, Assistant News Editor —
Crossroads will be under construction over the summer for updates and improvements being done for the next school year.
The dining hall will be getting modern finishes, expanded seating, an allergen station, a Mongolian Grill and a sushi machine. Megan Corcoran, Aramark’s marketing manager for UTC Dining Services, said the updates and additions will enhance the every day options available to students.
“In such a high traffic space like Crossroads it is necessary to update and replace furniture, equipment and finishes to keep the space looking fresh and within the vision of the University,” she said. “Keeping up with changing food trends and being able to offer items the next group of UTC students is looking for was also a major driving factor behind this renovation.”
Crossroads will be closed for construction beginning May 2, and remained closed over the summer until Freshman move in day. During construction in June and July, a buffet will be set up in the UC game room on the first floor to accommodate camps and members of the campus community. Corcoran said that hours of operation will be posted on the UTC Dining website, and that further communication will be sent out to students when a re-opening date is established.
Tyler Forrest, associate vice chancellor for budget and finance, said that UTC entered into contract with Aramark to provide the money to complete the Crossroads renovation project. He said that the university isn’t using its funds to complete these projects.
In addition to the Crossroads updates, UTC Dining services is rolling out a new program called “Mocs Swap.” More information about Crossroads, meal plans and Mocs Swap can be found on UTC Dining’s website.