Envisioned as a place that would enhance life on campus as well as the surrounding community, the renovated Reed Commons reimagines an underutilized cafeteria as a vibrant place to connect, dine and learn.
The privately funded project includes a Teaching Kitchen which is dedicated to delivering education programs for food preparation, nutrition, and wellness. The 12-seat Teaching Kitchen contains technology to broadcast program material to reach people far beyond the Presque Isle region.
The Reed Commons facility, built in 1980, is receiving a complete upgrade including HVAC systems, window replacement, roof insulation, life safety, and interior renovations that improve all spaces in the building. A small addition supports the kitchen and a new entry canopy provides a sense of welcome. A completely new kitchen and servery feature display cooking with a stir fry station and pizza oven, salad bar, and extensive grab-and-go options. To support the nutrition education initiative, food service will support smaller portion food delivery. Customers will purchase individual items instead of the typical all-you-can-eat model of campus dining.
The warm and inviting interior environment eschew institutional conventions. The dining room includes a variety of seating options with device charging stations. The servery has small-scale improved service options for hot and cold meals. There are wood and tile finishes throughout. The Keegan Meeting Room is also receiving entirely new finishes.