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Davenport renovations temporarily ease crowds

With the largest number of on-campus residential students the University of La Verne has ever seen, Davenport Dining Hall has expanded its patio seating. The new dining area features brand new furniture along with a surrounding gate. A patio cover will soon be added, along with heating and cooling devices to accommodate all-weather dining. The entire renovation project will cost about $600,000. / photo by Hunter Cole

With the largest number of on-campus residential students the University of La Verne has ever seen, Davenport Dining Hall has expanded its patio seating. The new dining area features brand new furniture along with a surrounding gate. A patio cover will soon be added, along with heating and cooling devices to accommodate all-weather dining. The entire renovation project will cost about $600,000. / photo by Hunter Cole

Erica Maurice
Staff Writer

Among the changes on campus to accommodate the historically high number of traditional undergraduates, Davenport Dining Hall has undergone some renovations.

The dining hall remodel includes new lighting, a new salad bar, and an expansion of the outdoor patio.

The University has close to 2,500 traditional undergraduate students enrolled this semester, making it the largest group the University has ever had.

“(The school) is just about at capacity,” said Jonathan Reed, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Robert Beebe, director of physical plant operations and services, came up with the idea to expand the Davenport patio and gave it to Chip West, senior director of central services and capital planning.

“(The patio) takes advantage of Southern California’s weather,” West said.

The patio is equipped with new tables and chairs, so Davenport can now comfortably seat 360 students.

West got the idea for which furniture to use while visiting a friend who works on another college campus in California.

He saw the tables and thought they would be perfect for Davenport’s new patio.

“This is a temporary fix,” West said.

The budget for the Davenport remodel projects was set at $600,000.

Eventually the University plans to add a new dining hall connected to the south side of the Campus Center.

The Davenport patio expansion was a temporary fix, West said, though there will still be some more renovations.

The University still need to buy a bigger refrigerator for Davenport because the cooler they have now only holds enough food for one day.

Daily deliveries have been necessary to maintain a well-stocked kitchen, which is why students can see delivery trunks outside Davenport every day.

West also said that a patio cover would be put up over about 80 seats by mid-September.

The patio cover will have outside heaters for when it is cold and fans for when it is hot.

In addition, the University will be upgrading some of the kitchen equipment in Barbara’s place, including purchasing a new “hood” for the stove to help filter smoke from the grill outside.

These changes are expected to happen before the end of the year.

Most students seem to be content with the dining service changes.

Magaly Arciya, an education graduate student, thinks the addition to Davenport looks excellent, and she said she believes it makes the school look more appealing.

A few, however, are less thrilled about eating outdoors.

“I don’t personally like to eat outside because of bugs,” junior sociology major Paola Rivera said.

Rivera said she would like more air conditioning inside because when the dinning hall is full, it gets hot and they

Erica Maurice can be reached at erica.maurice@laverne.edu.

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