September 14, 2013
A new campus dining experience with more food options, updated equipment and multiple seating environments greeted Alma College students when they arrived for fall classes.
Hamilton Commons, Alma’s primary dining facility since 1968, received major renovations and a 6,000-square-foot addition that reflects current trends in college food service and increased seating capacity by nearly 25 percent.
“Students today ask for more fresh, organic, vegetarian and vegan food choices, which are difficult to provide in a cafeteria-style facility,” says Dave Buhl, vice president for business affairs. “We have built an addition that not only addresses food service at Alma College but also provides enhanced social space beyond traditional dining, with Wi-Fi, a fireplace and multimedia capabilities.”
The new Hamilton offers more food options, a gas-fired stone hearth oven and new wok stations that allow students to see vegetable and meat choices, with meals prepared in front of them in a matter of minutes.
The facility also features a permanent vegetarian station with a vegan overlay, a traditional grill for burgers and fries, a comfort food station, improved salad and dessert bars, more access to beverages, and an improved recycling area.
Multiple seating environments combine traditional dining space with more contemporary settings. Eating areas are carpeted, while food preparation areas feature stone tile.
There are both large and small group eating areas, a fireplace area highlighted by wood décor, a high-backed booth section and a glass area looking out toward the lawn and Bruske Hall.