The 55,900 GSF DeBot Center was constructed in 1967, added to in 1992, and serves as the primary dining facility for approximately 3,100 students living in twelve residence halls. This project would renovate 50,940 GSF of the DeBot Dining Center to address building infrastructure, life safety, and programmatic issues.
The mechanical system will be renovated, including replacement of HVAC equipment for air supply distribution and food service exhaust systems, and a new mechanical penthouse will be constructed with appropriate stairwell access provisions. The existing mechanical penthouses will be transformed to act as cupolas, shining light into each of the three dining areas. A new fire sprinkler system will be retrofitted throughout the building. The freight elevator will be replaced. The loading dock will be updated and the staff locker room will be renovated. Improvements to programmatic space will be made to optimize delivery of dining services and meet contemporary standards.
The convenience center will be relocated to improve both the consumer experience as they enter the facility as well as the food production workflow from the back of house to the service counters.
Today’s students are more sophisticated diners. They want a variety of menuoptions and the ability to view them as they are being prepared. With the help of new ceiling heights, lighting, and the use of modern interior finishes this dark dinning center will gain light and life as students will choose to use this building as more than just a place to eat.
The UW-Stevens Point DeBot Dining center is expected to be completed in June 2019.