After many months of planning and design, the Refectory renovation is scheduled to begin today, Monday, May 20. While construction will create a new and improved dining experience, in the long run, it will definitely bring some inconvenience over the next few months.
The biggest change will be the temporary dining tent which will be located on the lawn outside of Scott Lounge between Moore Hall and Johns Hall. It will have lights, a floor, removable walls, ventilation for the warm months and heat for the cool months. It will seat about 150 guests and will have drink stations and two buffet lines. We will use compostable plates and cutlery, and continue to offer composting and recycling.
In addition, during the month of July, you will see the Wilderness transformed into a temporary Flamingo Cafe which will re-open in August. A tractor-trailer containing a mobile kitchen will appear near the Wilderness garage. The Refectory will be enclosed in a temporary six-foot fence, and the only entrance will be at the loading dock. Whiting-Turner (our general contractor) will have their office trailer there, and all deliveries will come in that way.
Beth El Congregation is generously allowing our construction workers to park in their back lot. So, you will see workers walking from the back lot, past the old post office to the Refectory loading dock each day. They will generally arrive by 7:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. All construction workers will have hi-visibility yellow shirts or vests, plus hard hats with ID stickers on them. You should not see workers in other places on campus. Finally, see attached a “site utilization plan.”
The Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D. Co-Director, Bicentennial Campaign