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Benson Food Court renovation set to begin soon


October 22, 2008

A major renovation of the Benson University Center Food Court will begin in the next few weeks as soon as all building permits are issued.  Work will be done in three phases, and the entire project is scheduled for completion in August 2009.

An additional announcement will be made when an exact start date has been determined.

The renovation design was guided by a committee comprised of students, faculty and staff members.

Phase 1 will last from the start of construction until winter recess in December.  During the first phase, the Benson Food Court will remain fully operational.  Outside the west side of Benson, a new kitchen addition for Shorty’s will be constructed to provide full-service restaurant capabilities.   A portion of the plaza and sidewalks between Benson and Tribble Hall will be fenced off for safety purposes and to provide a staging area for construction equipment.  The fenced-off area will remain in place and pedestrian traffic detoured around it for most of the project period.

Phase 2 will begin during winter recess and last until May 2009.  During the second phase, the south side of Benson Food Court, including Shorty’s, Bodega and the current Copy Center area, will be closed.  When Phase 2 renovations are completed, the reopened area will have a Tex-Mex venue known as Zoca’s.  Shorty’s will have new seating, lighting and d├ęcor, as well as a new performance stage and a new bar area.

Phase 3 will last from May 2009 to August 2009.  During the third phase, the remaining portion of the food court will be closed for renovation.  Improvements include new finishes, furniture and food venues.  When reopened, this area of the food court will contain Chick-fil-A; World’s Fare, featuring alternating ethnic cuisines; Grab & Go, offering quick, convenience foods; and Energy Zone, a smoothie and shake venue.

Jim Alty, associate vice president for facilities & campus services, said the contractor, D.H. Griffin of Greensboro, will make every effort to minimize construction noise and traffic when classes are in session.

“We regret any inconvenience this project may cause to the campus community,” Alty said, “but we appreciate everyone’s patience as we revitalize the food court and provide the campus with a much improved social and dining area.

Questions about the project may be directed to the Facilities & Campus Services department at (336) 758-4255.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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