“The students have really been the key driver of this project,” said Chief Financial Officer Dave Kumm. “We have done small projects within the facility the last couple years. This is the first major project where we are making big changes in the student-related areas.”
The biggest renovation will be the addition of a grill-style dining area, named the Dog House Grill. The Dog House will be decorated with Concordia memorabilia and its menu will feature gourmet burgers, veggie burgers, chicken wings and hand-dipped milkshakes. The grill will stay open later in the evenings than the current cafeteria, closing as late as midnight on certain days.
The lower level of Janzow will also have a revamped game room and an area near the bookstore for students to gather.
The top floor lounge will feature new furniture, flat screen TVs and stonework wall partitions complete with a gas fireplace. The lounge will be open 24-hours a day through key card access to the building. The student-operated coffee shop will remain in its current location across from the lounge.
Chartwells, Concordia’s current on-campus dining contractor, has made a $600,000 investment into the project, which will cover the cost of the new grill facility. Kumm said the Chartwells investment was motivation for the entire project to move forward.
Kumm is confident that the Janzow upgrades will help students both socially and academically. “This will enhance the Concordia student experience to new levels,” said Kumm.
Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit www.cune.edu.