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Grand opening held at GSC dining hall

Gordon State College celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated dining hall Wednesday with a ribbon cutting. More than 50 invited guests joined President Max Burns and representatives of the college’s food service provider, Sodexo; the construction firm, Piedmont Construction and the design firm, SP Design Group, for the event. ’A year ago we were celebrating the revitalization of Smith Hall and the April before that we were celebrating the opening of the Nursing and Allied Health Sciences Building,’ Burns said.’ ‘Today we celebrate the major expansion of the main dining hall, Highlander Hall.’ Burns noted that the $3.3 million expansion was paid for with auxiliary funds built up over nearly a decade. ’Zero tax dollars and zero state funds were used. The students paid for it, and they welcome you as their guest.’ The dining hall was expanded from about 4,000 square feet to almost 11,000 square feet. The salad bar was enlarged and configured to better accommodate diners and a new grill and flat-top, wok-style cooker was also added. All seating was replaced and the ceiling and floors were refurbished to help soften the room’s acoustics. A private dining room was also added. ”The area dining hall is much more functional, less like a lunchroom and more like a dining room,” said Lee Fruitticher, Gordon’s vice president for business affairs. The construction project was started last August and Burns credited both Sodexo and the students for managing to function through all the construction. Burns noted that members of the community are always welcome to dine on campus and enjoy the reasonably priced meals.

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