Minneapolis, May 18, 2020 — When students return to the North Central University (NCU) campus in August, after being off campus since mid-March, they will be eating in a completely renovated dining facility featuring best-in-class food options.

Under a new 10-year contract with Sodexo, an international dining services and facilities management company, North Central, together with Sodexo and building partner Welsh Construction, is reinventing residential dining, retail, and catering for the 1,200 students and faculty, staff, and guests of its downtown Minneapolis campus.

As the new food services partner, Sodexo will fully underwrite a facility upgrade for the dining center that includes a two-phase construction project over the next two years. This summer, Welsh will oversee a full renovation of the current cafeteria space located in Carlson Hall, a residence hall that was once a hospital, located at Elliot Avenue and 15th Street.

Phase 2 will include an expansion to the first and second floors of Carlson Hall to house additional dining room capacity (first floor) and a new student-union-style space (second floor) and is expected to be open for the fall 2021 semester.

The remodel will include new cook-to-order stations, additional healthy food options, and extensive changes to the physical space. Matt Slick, Project Manager for Welsh Construction, provided details about the new dining center:

“The NCU dining design-build project aims to enhance the former cafeteria and dining experience for students, staff and faculty alike. The layout of the current dining hall will change, moving the main entrance to the Elliot Avenue side of the building, underneath the skyway. This enhanced new entrance will flow into a vestibule with meal service check-ins and open views to the food service and seating. The new food service area will incorporate a soup/salad bar with deli, new pizza/grill area, international station and desserts area. The former area known as the Aquarium, will be recreated in the area where the old check-in station was on the other end of the new dining hall. This project will also include adding a stairway from the first to second floor by the new main entrance, connecting those seeking to enter the dining hall through the skyway—a nice feature during the cold winter months or days of inclement weather.”

Dannie Crozier, Sodexo Regional Vice President, is excited to bring Sodexo’s experience improving quality of life to the NCU project. “We are transforming service at North Central and reinventing campus life as we create a memorable dining experience that will align with NCU’s overall strategic vision of encouraging the health and wellbeing, engagement and satisfaction of every customer.”

NCU Executive Vice President Andrew Denton, Ph.D., initiated the relationship with Sodexo to bring a high-caliber food service experience for students. “We’re looking forward to a long-term partnership with Sodexo,” Denton said. “Creating a world-class dining experience for our students in an updated and expanded environment fits perfectly into our plans to propel North Central into the next decade.”

Updates on construction progress, news about new food options, and more are available at northcentral.edu/ncudining.


About North Central University

Founded in 1930, North Central University (NCU) is a private Christ-centered, Spirit-filled university in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. NCU serves 1,200 students, offering 60 undergraduate areas of study on its Minneapolis campus plus postsecondary enrollment options, online and on-site master’s degrees, online undergraduate degrees, and Academic Partner sites throughout the U.S. To learn more about North Central University visit northcentral.edu.

About Sodexo

Sodexo Universities provides food service, accommodations and facilities management services to over 600 universities, colleges and independent schools in the United States. With nearly 50 years of experience, Sodexo focuses on improving the student experience through integrated services that promote and enhance quality of life. For more information and to learn more about Sodexo’s commitment to quality of life on campus, visit the Sodexo Universities page.

About Welsh Construction

Founded in the Twin Cities in 1977, Welsh Construction is locally owned and operated and delivers a full suite of commercial construction services, from ground up new construction projects to all sizes of tenant improvements, across virtually every sector of commercial construction throughout the metro area. Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Welsh’s mission is to deliver exceptional service that elevates their client’s business, bringing their vision to life, exceeding expectations and providing an unparalleled level of customer service throughout the entire building experience. To learn more about Welsh, go to welshconstruct.com.

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North Central University - Nancy Zugschwert -  nczugsch@northcentral.edu - 612.343.5001

Sodexo - Dasha Ross-Smith - dasha.ross-smith@sodexo.com - 301.987.4893


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