The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us
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 dining area

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 revenue bonds.

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.