Summer construction projects under way at WKU

Construction on Topper Café started April 16 and will be completed by the time incoming freshmen attend M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan in August.

Kayla Swanson

Summer construction projects mean significant changes for how campus will look in the fall.

Here’s a list of some of the building projects happening right now:

  • Topper Café on South Lawn 

The temporary dining facility on South Lawn that will house Fresh Food Company during the 2012-2013 school year has been named. The WKU Public Relations Department named the facility, which will now be called the Topper Café. 

Construction on Topper Café began April 16 and will be completed by the time incoming freshmen attend M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan in August, said Bryan Russell, director of Planning, Design, and Construction. 

“The plan is to start serving food in the Topper Café starting in mid-August,” Russell said in an email. “We will then transition the Topper Café from a Fresh Foods concept into what we enjoy today as the DUC Food Court after the 2013 May Commencement.”

The DUC Food Court will be housed in Topper Café during the 2013-2014 school year.

The temporary dining facility will be disassembled and the South Lawn restored during the summer of 2014 before the start of fall semester, Russell said. 

  • Panda Express at Garrett Food Court and Subway at Bates 

Construction on the Panda Express in Garrett Food Court and the Subway at Bates Runner Hall have begun, as seen in pictures on the WKU Restaurant and Catering Group’s Facebook page. 

Panda Express and Subway are set to open at the start of fall semester classes, Russell said. 

  • The Rock House 

Razing of the Rock House was started June 18 and was finished on June 20. The Rock House was demolished because of deterioration to the building.

What is left of the Rock House is being disposed of offsite and the area will be turned into green space, Russell said. 

  • DUC Renovation Project 

A general contractor has been hired for the DUC Renovation Project. 

Whittenberg Construction Company, located in Louisville, will be the prime general contractor for the project, Russell said.