TROY, AL (WSFA) - Troy University is serving up something new.
Saturday marked the dedication ceremony and official opening of the new $11.7 million Trojan Dining facility.
The new Trojan Dining facility is able to seat 1,070 patrons and offers its customers the option of five all-you-can-eat food service stations, two retail restaurants and incorporates state-of-the-art electronics and food services capabilities.
"Troy University is known for its 'culture of caring' and that's more than just a marketing slogan – it's our way of life at TROY," Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor said. "Caring for students includes providing the best facilities our budget will allow. Trojan Dining is a tangible symbol of the level of quality we strive for every day."
The two-story building provides 79,971 square feet of dining, food preparation and mechanical space and connects to the existing Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor. Included in its design is a second-story balcony area, a faculty-and-staff dining room, a 77-person capacity civic room, a private dining room, and a courtyard that incorporates a fountain.
"We must design and build buildings that address contemporary diversity for a homogeneous student population," Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs who chaired the design committee said. "We believe we have accomplished that because this building will help shape our campus climate, and the climate in turn will shape the sociocultural environment of the campus."
The building also includes several innovations not likely found in other campus eating venues. Marble countertops on four serpentine eating counters frame a two-story, open-area dining room framed by flags of nations represented in the student body. Flags of the Armed Services are also prominent features, as is a POW flag. Murals of campus life provide added depth to the building.
"Imagine the pride our students will have when they walk into the building and see their county's flag -- we are acknowledging that they are a part of TROY," Dr. Bookout said.
While the primary focus for Trojan Dining remains to provide expanded options for students, Dr. Bookout said the facility is open to the public from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Moe's Southwestern Grill and Boar's Head Deli venues are open from 11 a.m. until midnight.