Construction fences surround McEwen Dining Hall, but renovations have not begun yet. Brad Moore, the Elon university architect and director of planning, design and construction management, said constructions are still on schedule.
McEwen is expected to open again on Aug. 1, 2018.
“They should start mobilizing in the next couple of weeks,” Moore said.
No visible changes have been made to the exterior of McEwen Dining Hall yet but the interior has been demolished.
“We’ve taken it back down to the structure,” Moore said. “The slabs are still there, the columns are still there, the walls are still there but all the insides have been cleared out.”
The existing building will be renovated and extended. According to Moore, the renovated dining hall will seat up to 600 visitors doubling the capacity.
Moore said the all-you-can-eat dining hall will be relocated from the second floor to the first floor and three new food vendors will move in upstairs.
The choice of vendors has not yet been finalized according to Resident District Manager Pulkit Vigg, but Dining Services has been in contact with Pei Wei Asian Diner and Village Juice Co., making them likely choices.
“As we continue to look at Historic Neighborhood and renovate the residence halls there, the desire was to take the dining hall and meet the needs of our students,” Moore said.
Vigg said the Chick-fil-A branch in McEwen saw about 600 visitors per day compared to 300 and 100 per day for the dining hall and Varsity respectively.
Sophomore Trevor Keith agrees McEwen Dining Hall requires some changes to remain relevant.
“It needs something to bring people in other than just the limited options they had,” Keith said. “It looks like it needs something to it, and it looks like it was just not in with the rest of the dining halls.”