On the Job with Julie Stewart

Stewart has managed SAS through a campus transition period.

Snapshots, SAS, Training Center1 p.m.: Stewart’s biggest project these days is the planned renovation for Building R. She had a meeting scheduled with the architects to look over the latest rendering in the hope that the project can move ahead and the team can show a rendering to SAS’s CEO. The building is 21 years old and the café in that location was originally just a satellite café.

“It’s not a full-service kitchen; most of the food comes from Building F,” Stewart says. “We originally thought we’d serve 300 people there, max. We’re feeding more than 600 there now. The thing that’s important to note about Building R is that it is the largest building on campus and houses about 1,300 people so the fact that it is not a full-service kitchen is a problem.”

The plan is to turn that café into a full-service café. The location currently features a five-story atrium where the café takes up one corner. Stewart says the plan calls for an expansion of the kitchen.

“The serving area is going to be marketplace style and we want to expand the dining area,” Stewart says. “We currently have 180 seats in there. We’ll wind up taking the entire atrium when the plans are done. It’s very ’80s with purple and teal now.”

Currently this café features a salad bar, two hot entrée areas and a rotating station that serves pizza and pasta two days a week, a Mexican bar on Thursdays and a specialty sandwich on Fridays.

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