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$19m renovation of a UMass Amherst dining hall is completed, building authority says

The dining hall at Lincoln Campus Center.
The dining hall at Lincoln Campus Center.(Photo courtesy of the UMass Building Authority)

The UMass Building Authority said it has completed a $19 million renovation of Lincoln Campus Center, a dining hall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

New options in the school’s Lincoln Campus Center include a Tamales station, a People’s Organic Café and Bakery, “fresh brick oven pizza, and a full sushi bar,” the authority said.

“This is the next generation of retail dining,” Ken Toong, the authority’s executive director of auxiliary enterprises, said in a statement. “We offer fresh, less-processed, just-in-time meals with local ingredients.”

The architectural firm Bruner/Cott & Associates and a construction management team from Lee Kennedy Co. worked on the project.

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The project involved combining spaces formerly occupied by the old Blue Wall and Burgers 101 at the Lincoln Campus Center. The new 42,000 square foot layout provides space for up to 900 customers, a nearly 30 percent increase over the previous seating capacity of the Blue Wall, the authority said. Cash registers at each dining station are designed to reduce the possibility of long waits.

Blue Wall is the second of UMass Amherst’s four dining facilities to be renovated, the authority said. The Hampshire dining common reopened last August after undergoing a $15.5 million renovation.


Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.