CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Feb. 14, 2001
Regents asked to hire architect to draw plans for remodeling Burge Hall
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pending approval from the Board of Regents, State of
Iowa, Rohrbach Carlson architects will develop plans to remodel the food service
area in Burge Residence Hall.
The Burge dining area will be remodeled into a new food court similar to
the Hillcrest Market Place, which opened in August after a $10 million renovation.
The Burge project will include the redesign of 54,500 square feet of dining
areas, dining lobbies and food preparation areas. The project will also include
the renovation of areas such as the Burge main lobby and information desk,
and passenger elevators.
The renovation at Burge is expected to be completed by the start of the fall
2004 semester. Funding for the $11-$12 million project will come from dormitory
The Hillcrest Market Place has been popular with students, faculty and staff,
offering a wide variety of selections ranging from a soup and salad bar to
an international food kiosk.
Margaret Van Oel, director of UI residence services, said the Burge Food
Service added new recipes to the menu this fall and converted four serving
lines as a way to simulate the marketplace concept and increase its number
of diners. While the new format and foods have been well received at Burge,
Van Oel says probably more diners will continue to travel to Hillcrest until
the Burge renovations are done.
An architect selection committee, along with representatives from residence
services and the Iowa Memorial Union Food Service chose Rohrbach Carlson from
a field of nine firms that expressed interest in the project, and after interviews
with three firms. Rohrbach Carlson of Iowa City was selected based on its
experience with the Hillcrest remodeling and similar projects.