UMass Dartmouth dining renovation focuses on community

Renovation comes after Chartwells takes over foodservice.

Sept. 17—During the summer, the once “drab and dreary” cafeteria at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, which served the school’s commuter students, had a $2.2 million overhaul and is now a bright gathering place for the whole campus community, said Jeff Augustine, director of campus services.

At UMass Dartmouth, about 50% of the student population lives in residential housing and 50% commute to campus, Augustine said. Historically, the two populations rarely socialized. With the newly renovated food court, that’s changing. The facility’s seating schemes have been redesigned to give students a more comfortable place to meet and socialize. The renovation comes after it was announced in spring of 2011 that Chartwells would be managing the university's foodservice.