Establishing a centralized dining facility to promote a strong student community at Akers
The Akers Hall dining center on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus was constructed in 1964, and over the years, the dining hall had only seen modest renovations.
As part of MSU’s residential strategic plan, a new design completely renovated the kitchen, dishwashing, and dining space. It also moved food preparation from behind the scenes in the kitchen to several independent cooking/serving venues—right in front of the customers. The dining area accommodates 550 seats and is broken down into several distinct areas, each with their own character, including a sixteen-seat private dining room. On top of that, a new elevator provides wheelchair access.
In addition to the dining renovation, the entire residence hall was provided with a fire sprinkler system and a new fire alarm. Student lounges on each floor were renovated with new furniture and finishes. Each floor has designated social lounges as well as quiet collaborative study lounges.
This renovation provides a centralized dining facility for Akers and promotes community in the two adjacent residence halls.
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