Best Concepts: UMass adds another jewel to its glistening dining program

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Dining has been named winner of the 2021 FM Best Concept Award in the Best New Facility category for its spectacular new Worcester Dining Commons.

Worcester Dining Commons is the latest grand opening at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and also the latest in a line of FM Best Concept Award winning facilities on the campus that recently included the Hampshire Dining Common and Blue Wall retail venue renovations for the perennially innovative program. This latest jewel of a dining center began its development process in 2018, two years before the pandemic hit and changed dining forever. The UMass Dining team, led by Ken Toong, powered through the closures, social distancing and general unease of the pandemic, determined to preserve the food culture they’ve worked so hard to build.

The new facility opened last fall and is part of a major infrastructure project in the center of campus that also includes a new student union and upgrades to landscape and sidewalks.

“We are, of course, implementing COVID-related restrictions for the spring, but people will immediately benefit and in the long term these investments will have an even greater positive impact,” Shane Conklin, associate vice chancellor for facilities and campus services said in a press release.

Here's a photo tour of the spectacular new Worcester…

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