Weekly Updates

June 21, 2017

The summer dining tent is now open next to McDonough Gymnasium and is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Last week, the old staircases in Leo's were removed and filled in and the concrete slab was cut for the new grand staircase. Upstairs in Leo's, the framing for the six new restaurants of LEO|MKT is in process. In Hoya Court, the saw-tooth wall between Hoya Court seating and Barnes & Noble has been framed and will be ready by the end of July. Elsewhere in Leavey, we anticipate closing the PNC Hallway for two weeks in late July and traffic will be rerouted around the hotel in order to reach Starbucks. Additionally, the Apple Authorized Campus Store, UIS Help Desk, and GOCard location in the Barnes & Noble Campus Store will be open in early August.

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May 30, 2017

The upper and lower levels of Leo's are completely under construction, including the removal of the old stairs. The bookstore has started their phased construction approach to the project, and the bookstore layout will continually change throughout the summer based on the construction schedule. The floor in Royal Jacket, the old Cosi location, as well as all of the equipment has been removed. The Hoya Court food service equipment removal is almost done while the floor removal will continue into next week. The air conditioning and floor installation for the temporary dining tent is well underway. After Reunion Weekend which is 6/2-6/4, the tent's final configuration of tables and chairs will be completed for the summer dining program.  Bulldog Tavern is in transition and should reopen next week, and the food trucks started today and the schedule is located here 

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May 15, 2017

Construction on-campus continues to ramp up as the school year comes to a close. Demolition is underway in the lower level of Leo's and continues in the old Cosi location. On May 15th, the tables and chairs will be removed from Hoya Court with a construction wall being installed adjacent to the bookstore. A second wall will be installed parallel to the gate that closes off the Hoya Court food venues. Between May 15-17 demolition will be taking place in Hoya Court. Access through Hoya Court will continue during construction. Uncommon Grounds closes at the end of the business day on 5/20 and Bulldog Tavern closes on 5/21 for a short transition period and is expected to re-open 6/5. All construction will stop for commencement, 5/18- 5/21. On May 22nd, construction walls will be installed around the current Uncommon Grounds location and along the south wall of the bookstore where the entrance will be relocated.  The bookstore will remain open all summer while construction takes place in phases. Lastly, demolition will start in the upper level of Leo’s, closing all of Leo’s to the public until it reopens at the end of August.

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May 5, 2017

Demolition in Cosi continues over the coming week with jack hammering activities scheduled to start in the space on Monday 5/8. Right around the corner in Hoya Court, the 3 restaurants will close at the end of next week (Saturday 5/13), with construction walls going up on Monday 5/15.  Uncommon Grounds (UG) will be moving from Sellinger Lounge to the second floor of the bookstore.  On May 22nd, temporary walls will go up around UG  to begin work in that space.  Open seating will be placed in the space currently occupied by UG.  The Open House on 4/24 in Sellinger Lounge featured new furniture concepts for students to review.  Furniture for this space has been ordered and is scheduled to be installed over the summer.  Finally, as a result of the construction activities in Leo's over the summer, a temporary dining tent will be installed and located over by McDonough gym. This tent will be used for commencement and reunion weekends before converting into the Leo's temporary dining location.  The tent will start being installed the week of 5/6.  Click here for Summer 2017 dining hours.

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May 1, 2017

The demolition of Cosi is quickly moving along (as you can see in the picture below) and the culinary team is already busy creating the menus for Royal Jacket, which will replace Cosi. Staying in the Leavey Center, make sure to stock up on Elevation Burger, Salad Creations and Subway before Hoya Court closes on 5/13! When it comes to the bookstore, we received the construction permit for Barnes & Noble last week which is fantastic news. Finally, with Leo's, the current stage of construction in the upstairs foyer is actually ahead of schedule and should be completed by the end of next week. Until then, we are relocating a few sprinkler heads above the soon-to-be grand staircase and finishing up the structural work. 

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April 20, 2017

After being on campus since 2008, Cosi closed yesterday. Demolition of Cosi will start on Monday 4/24, and the space will soon be home to Royal Jacket, a sandwich concept that will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. By the first week of May we anticipate all construction permits from the DCRA, which will then mean full speed ahead with construction across campus. Additionally, earlier this week Barnes & Noble awarded the construction contract to Rand Construction, which brings that project closer to getting underway as well.

On Monday 4/24, from 11:30am - 2:30pm, there will be an open house in Sellinger Lounge where the entire campus community is invited to see renovation renderings of projects across campus, check out new Sellinger Lounge furniture, and even speak to members of the culinary team that are hard at work developing menu ideas for the next academic year.

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April 17, 2017

Progress in Leo's is moving along well, and below we've got a photo of the construction taking place inside of the box. Right now work is being done to the lighting fixtures and to the ceiling that will eventually be over the new grand staircase in Leo's. Looking forward, there is a pre-construction meeting for Royal Jacket tomorrow, 4/18, and on Wednesday 4/19, Cosi will be closing, so make sure to get some of that delicious Cosi flatbread before then. Finally, as of very recently we are proud to say that we have received permits from the DCRA (Department of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs) for Royal Jacket and Hoya Court. 

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April 6, 2017

This morning construction officially kicked off in Leo O' Donovan Hall. Temporary construction walls were set up in the lobby of Leo's. Designs for Leo's call for one grand staircase, eliminating the two separate staircases.   The work being done today is one of the earliest steps necessary for the transformation of Leo's . The upper level of Leo's remains open, and there are signs directing visitors to the walk-ways that bring you to the dining room.

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Demolition in Cosi continues over the coming week with jack hammering activities scheduled to start in the space on Monday 5/8. Right around the corner in Hoya Court, the 3 restaurants will close at the end of next week (Saturday 5/13), with construction walls going up on Monday 5/15.  Uncommon Grounds (UG) will be moving from Sellinger Lounge to the second floor of the bookstore.  On May 22nd, temporary walls will go up around UG  to begin work in that space.  Open seating will be placed in the space currently occupied by UG.  The Open House on 4/24 in Sellinger Lounge featured new furniture concepts for students to review.  Furniture for this space has been ordered and is scheduled to be installed over the summer.  Finally, as a result of the construction activities in Leo's over the summer, a temporary dining tent will be installed and located over by McDonough gym. This tent will be used for commencement and reunion weekends before converting into the Leo's temporary dining location.  The tent will start being installed the week of 5/6.  Click here for Summer 2017 dining hours.