Augustana College - Center for Student Life

Rock Island, Illinois


August 2013


Retail Marketplace
Coffee Shop

The college’s 21-year-old centerpiece, The Center for Student Life was re-energized with a $20 million construction project. The Center is connected to the library and added dining, meeting rooms and offices, enhancing the campus and improving student recruitment and retention. It also provides a connection from the residence halls on the upper campus to the academic buildings on the lower campus. The Center for Student Life will be LEED Silver certified. The new 23,740 SF dining center includes contemporary Marché (market) stations where students choose their own ingredients and interact with the chefs while their meals are freshly prepared. An all-you-care-to-eat operation replaced a declining balance system, increasing student satisfaction. A new trayless operation encourages healthier eating, reduces food waste, labor, energy and warewashing. By replacing two existing dining operations, the new Marche system significantly reduces operational costs.

This board plan operation has seating for 700 diners integrated with the Marche stations, making it convenient for students to make multiple trips to the stations while avoiding taking more food than they would consume. Fresh market options include Wild Thymes with made-to-order vegan and vegetarian entrees, American Grill with comfort food, The Carvery Rotisserie, Green Creations Salad Bar, and an all-day Breakfast Nook. The dessert station looks into the display bakery. The Global Fusion Mongolian Grill and Bella Luna pasta bar are remote from the kitchen are joined by a support pantry. The kitchen also supports multipurpose rooms for student activities as well as faculty dining. The Brew by the Slough coffee shop and deli was also renovated and includes an expanded outdoor patio.