The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs upped its dining game when the school opened its newest dining hall, Roaring Fork. Located at the north end of campus near new two brand-new residence halls, Roaring Fork is home to a series of micro-restaurant concepts as well as a convenience store.
Named after the Colorado River—which inspired part of the dining hall’s floor design—Roaring Fork seats approximately 500 students and includes both a catering kitchen and a bakery.
“The initial goal was to expand capacity,” says Mark Hayes, director of dining and food services. “Our main dining hall, The Lodge [which is currently under renovation], only seats about 250 students. With our residential population growing at its current pace, we needed to create more dining options.”
In addition to expanded seating, Roaring Fork also provided an opportunity for UCCS to extend its wellness model and consolidate it counseling services, health services, dining and nutrition services under one roof so that the three groups could work more collaboratively. “After we looked at capacity, we looked at collaboration,” Hayes says.
The finished building, which opened to students in March, has windows on three sides and is two stories tall. Its outdoor deck faces Pike’s Peak.