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MCHS Celebrates Cafeteria Renovation

ribbon cutting photo  

The Michigan City Area Schools Office of Food Services celebrated the completion of renovations to the Michigan City High School cafeteria with a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 23.

Community leaders, school district administrators, students, cafeteria staff and Wofie (!!) were all on hand to celebrate the results of the four-month remodeling project. The cafeteria features new, more efficient equipment, redesigned serving lines, a high-speed ventless oven, new seating areas for students, and updated technology such as charging stations, lighting, and menu signage.

Some "Fun Facts" about the new cafeteria... 
  • Partners working with the MCAS Office of Food Services in the project include:
    • HRI, Inc. (consulting and design, food service equipment and serving lines)
    • Hebard & Hebard Architects, Inc. (design, scope and budgeting)
    • Gariup Construction (construction)
    • C & T Design (food service equipment)
    • Sodexo, Inc. (project management)
  • Cost: $866,524. Funded by the MCAS Department of Food Services, with no impact to taxpayers or general fund
  • Construction began in June 2016 and continued through mid-September 2016. The new serving area was unveiled for students at breakfast on October 3, 2017.
  • The overall design concept reflects a university style serving and dining environment.  Improved lighting and signage adds visual appeal and enhances the student experience. A redesign of serving lines has alleviated congestion in nearby hallways near classrooms.
  • The previous “Wolves Den” sandwich/soup area has been transformed into a production room featuring a high-speed, ventless “Ovention” oven. This area now features homemade, fresh hot pizza, hot sandwiches, and flatbreads.
  • Seating areas promote a more relaxed, friendly dining experience. Seating includes a mixture of rectangular and round tables, plus high-top bar seating where students can charge Chromebooks, laptops, and other devices.
  • Refrigerated open-air “merchandizers” at five serving lines allow for displays of fresh salads, fruits, vegetables, and deli sandwiches. Quick-switch serving wells offer hot or cold food selections, and heated flat-top shelves enable easy self-serve options.
  • Student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The new high-speed oven, fresh salads, and other menu options have increased the numbers of students purchasing meals at school. As a result of the increase, two full-time staff have been added to the MCHS cafeteria team.
  • Michigan City High School serves approximately 1,300 meals each day in the cafeteria!
Check out the photo gallery below for some before/after photos and more pictures from the January 23 celebration: