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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 10, 2005

Renovated Burge Hall Market Place to Open

A three-year, $14.4 million renovation of Burge Market Place dining room in Burge Residence Hall will conclude with several days of activities the week of Jan. 17.

The completion will be acknowledged formally with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 3:30 p.m. with UI President David Skorton, Herky the Hawkeye and the Hawkeye Marching Band. Other events include student contests, movies and special dinner menus.

"Students have been telling us that they wanted greater variety of foods and more dining options, and this renovation addresses that request," Greg Black, director of campus food service.

The most significant change during the renovation was the conversion of the residence hall's dining room from a traditional cafeteria format to a food court format, following the trend in campus dining styles. Students have a variety of food styles to select from and they can watch the food prepared in front of them. The dining room's ambience is also warmer and more of a restaurant style.

"This is the same format we adopted for Hillcrest residence hall when we renovated the Hillcrest Market Place in 2000 and that was an immediate success with students," said Black. "For Burge Market Place, we took the Hillcrest model and made it even better to create a place that we think is truly state of the art."

Among the additional improvements made during the renovation are an expanded and remodeled Burge Hall lobby and information desks, and new building entrances.

Events to mark the grand re-opening include (all events will be held in the Burge Market Place unless otherwise indicated):

Monday, Jan. 17, (4:30 to 7 p.m.), Martin Luther King Jr. celebration dinner featuring King family food favorites, along with Burge's standard offerings.

Tuesday, Jan.  18, Vendor Fair. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; showcases Burge food vendors and their new foods, with sampling stations in the Burge servery; Guest chefs from the Iowa Memorial Union, Barry Greenberg, John Moloney, Juan Casco, Eric Batten and Rick Woodard, will be preparing and serving featured entrée and dessert menu items from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 19, Ribbon Cutting ceremony, 3:30 p.m., featuring comments from President David Skorton and appearances by Herky and members of the Hawkeye marching band.

Thursday, Jan. 20, Dinner & Movie and Burge Food Challenge game, 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan.  21, Game Night, 7 to 11 p.m. Burge Lobby.

Construction began in May of 2003 and progressed in three phases, coordinated by a team from UI Design and Construction Services. The team included Bill Mielnik, Dale Flecksing, Beverly Robalino, Jan Harvey, Steve Henneberry, Elson Byler, Woodrow Gray and Don Guckert.

The companies that make up the renovation design team include Rohrbach Carlson PC of Iowa City and Madison, Wis.; Chiodini and Associates of St. Louis; Robert Rippe and Associates of Minneapolis; Design Engineers PC of Cedar Rapids; and McComas Lacina Construction Co. of Iowa City.

Grand re-opening event sponsors include The University of Iowa Book Stores and Hawk Shops, Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa Athletic Dept, Linn Street Cafe and CEC Movie Theatres.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,