Renovation of Derby Dining Center
Housing and Dining Services is excited to begin renovation of Derby Dining Center. Gould Evans from Lawrence is the architect on the project, and Coonrod & Associates Construction Co. Inc. out of Wichita is the contractor for the renovation.
The renovation will include a new entry on the southeast corner of the building, updates to the first floor, a new single staircase entry to the food service area, and a new open dining experience on the second floor. Updates to the heat and air systems as well as the fire safety systems will occur as well.
While Derby Dining Center will continue to serve meals to students during a majority of the renovation process, students should be aware that certain lines and menu concepts may be limited and pathways to and through the dining center may change periodically.
Housing and Dining Services will work closely with our contractors to minimize the disruption to students while maximizing communication of important information during the various phases of the renovation.
This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Follow the Progress
Dec. 17, 2020 — Housing and Dining Services is excited to announce that Derby Dining Center will reopen for the spring 2021 semester on Jan. 25. Construction will be ongoing for a short time in some areas, but residents can expect full meal service.
The Bakery — opening soon — will continue to operate on the first floor with a new customer service counter in addition to the online ordering services popular across campus and throughout the Manhattan community.
July 31, 2020 — Due to construction supply chain issues and other concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Derby Dining Center will not open at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester as previously planned. As a result:
- Van Zile Dining Center, directly across the parking lot from Derby (map), will now be open for the fall semester along with Kramer. Students will access Van Zile through the door to the north of the main entrance, separate from the lobby and residential areas. Signage and staff will help guide students through the dining center.
- Additional service areas will be available to make obtaining a dining center meal faster and easier.
- Additional meal options are being arranged.
Nov. 20, 2019 — In order to accommodate the timeline our contractor needs to complete renovations, Derby Dining Center will close for the spring semester following spring break. The last meal served in Derby will be lunch Friday, March 6. Housing and Dining Services has implemented several changes to ensure meal options are provided for students during the closure. Read more.
Nov. 4, 2019 — Coonrod and Associates, contractor for the Derby Dining Center renovation, is near the end of the subcontractor bid collection process. Results are expected Nov. 6, and the scheduled start date for the project is Nov. 25. Coonrod will begin the demolition of the west and south exterior walls, along with the interior walls.