U. of Michigan to consolidate dining halls after renovation

The $60 million renovation will increase seating capacity to 950, up from 650.

Feb. 25—University of Michigan is planning to consolidate much of its central campus dining into a refurbished South Quadrangle dining hall.

After a $60 million renovation, South Quad's dining hall will have the capacity to seat 950 students at a time, a significant uptick from the current limit of 650 students. That increase is necessary given the school plans to eventually close dining halls in the West Quadrangle and Betsy Barbour dormitories, which have a capacity of 375 diners and 120 diners, respectively.

The university has consolidated dining halls before. When renovating its hill neighborhood heritage halls, near the health campus, U-M consolidated dining services to one location, the Hill Dining center, which received a $21 million renovation.