​DeBot Dining Center Renovation Project

Summer 2018 - Summer 2019

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​DeBot Dining Center History:

The DeBot Dining Center was built in 1968 with minimal renovation over the past several years. Talk of this renovation process began back in Fall 2012 after discussions with UWSP Facilities regarding the HVAC system. Our HVAC system includes three original air handlers and the current model does not have the capacity needed with today's equipment. The purpose of the DeBot Dining Center HVAC and Interior Renovation project will address major building infrastructure, life safety and programmatic issues including:

  • Major deferred maintenance in HVAC and air supply—replacement of HVAC equipment for air supply distribution and food service exhaust systems.
  • Installation of a fire-sprinkler system throughout the building
  • Elevator assessments—freight elevator replaced and extended to penthouses
  • Exterior and interior door, frame and hardware assessments—main entrance vestibule and secondary entrances will be replaced
  • Access to mechanical penthouses—appropriate stairwell
  • Energy consumption with exterior window assessment
  • Programmatic space optimization
The DeBot Center Renovation project was enumerated under 2015 Wisconsin Act 55 for $16,848,000. The project was then approved by the state building commission in August 2017. We will be working with SDS Architects Inc. out of Eau Claire, WI. The final meal in the "old" DeBot Center will be lunch on Friday, May 18, 2018. The NEW DeBot Dining Center will then open in Fall 2019.

Temporary Dining Locations During Renovation:

Convenience Store (Lower) -  located in the Lower Level of the Allen Center. Expanded grocery options and deli station.

All-You-Care-To-Eat Concept (Upper) - no longer available. 

Increase dining hours and services in all other Dining and Summer Conferences dining locations during the 18/19 academic year:
  • DUC Food Court
  • Homegrown Café
  • Chemistry Biology Building Café
  • Food for Thought Café

NEW Lower DeBot Features:

Lower DeBot will feature a combined kitchen for the C-store and Bakery, redesigned locker rooms for staff, centralized storage for the C-store, increased meeting room space for students, and the relocation of the DSC Student Employment Office from DUC 241 given the majority of DSC student employees work at DeBot.

New and Improved Dining Experience:
  • Groceries
  • Deli/Soup
  • Burrito station
  • Grill station
  • Room 073 will be enhanced and become two separate meeting rooms with a moveable wall to create one large meeting room

NEW Upper DeBot Features:

Upper DeBot will feature a more open concept kitchen and dining area allowing culinary staff to be more visible and engage with the customers while preparing customized culinary experiences.  There will be three large sky-lights bringing in natural light where the current penthouses are located.

New and Improved Dining Experience:
  • Fruit/Yogurt, Soup, Deli bar, Salad bar will be in the center of the dining area
  • Pizza and Pasta station
  • Allergen Friendly station
  • International station
  • Home Cooking station
  • Grill station
  • Desserts & Ice Cream
  • Better designed dish room operation 

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