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Demolition of former dining hall, mobile kitchen coming
by Patricia Boland
The M.U.M. Review Translate This Article
15 April 2006
In a momentous end of an era, demolition of the University's former dining hall started earlier this month. A state-of-the-art mobile kitchen will arrive in the near future to be used until the new Student Center is completed.
The temporary kitchen will be housed at the north end of the Student Union and will be erected so that it is correctly oriented according to the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda(SM) design.
According to Chief Administrative Officer David Streid, the former dining hall building was one of the worst on campus in terms of its lack of adherence to the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design. The University therefore felt it was better not to wait for completion of the kitchen in the Student Center.
A significant part of demolition has been completed, but the section of the building housing the old kitchen will be left intact until the mobile kitchen is installed.
'We're continuing to nibble away at the building without interfering or compromising the existing kitchen in any way,' Dr. Streid said. 'Once the mobile kitchen is operational, then we'll complete demolition of the old kitchen and dining hall.'
The temporary kitchen will consist of two basic units, a 53-foot trailer with a 24 x 60-foot modular unit attached to it. There will also be three refrigerated trailers containing two cool rooms and a freezer, and a fourth building to store dry goods.
Although the configuration of the mobile kitchen will have reduced floor space, it will include design efficiencies and more modern equipment than the old kitchen. All the structures will be connected to form one complex so that all facilities will be accessible without having to go outside.
Although there may be some menu adjustments during the transition while up to 15 staff become familiar with a new kitchen configuration, Dr. Streid does not believe there will be any noticeable changes in the fresh, organic meals the dining hall is known for.
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