MCHS Celebrates Cafeteria Renovation
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.
- 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!