Turner Place, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Va.

Eight concepts encourage community at Virginia Tech.

In August, Virginia Tech University Dining Services opened Turner Place at Lavery Hall, a state-of-the-art dining facility with eight distinctive restaurant-style concepts and a community room that serves the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Ted Faulkner, director of dining services, says the facility was designed to encourage community building on campus. Of the eight units, five are new self-branded concepts developed for the building. Faulkner walked FSD through the different concepts his department developed for the location.

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We started a panel discussion with our cooks and FSD to give residents a chance to tour our kitchen (during nonproduction hours), ask questions and share insight on how we can improve. The residents love the casual time with our staff. We have seen complaints and problems diminish greatly, and have found that most times the client is lonely and just wants someone to show them some time and attention.

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