Burns and McDonnell Working with Park University in Comprehensive Upgrade of Food Service Facility on its Flagship Campus

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Thompson CommonsPark University students attending its flagship campus in Parkville, Mo., will soon have upgraded food service facilities and new amenities in a renovated contemporary space in Thompson Commons, the student activity center at the University.

Burns & McDonnell has begun a comprehensive $3 million remodel of 8,800 square feet of space in Thompson Commons. The remodel project will address more than half the available space within the building. Work began on the first floor with installation of a variety of mechanical systems, including a new variable refrigerant flow system to upgrade and improve heating, ventilation and cooling within the building as it is detached from the legacy campus-wide steam heating system. VRFs use refrigerant to both heat and cool by relying on a rooftop condensing unit to circulate air within the building. These state-of-the-art systems feature individual indoor units that heat or cool as required, saving up to 55 percent over comparable equipment, while giving building occupants greater control over interior temperatures.

With classes concluded for the spring semester, the project has moved to the second floor where existing food service and seating in the Pirate Café will be redesigned and updated. Over the summer months, serving areas will be reconfigured to feature interactive food stations as menu options are expanded.

Expanded seating for up to 240 diners will be part of the remodel, incorporating bar tops and a variety of other seating configurations, all integrated with vibrant new color schemes and materials in a new contemporary space. The food service upgrade is scheduled to be completed in August, in time for the beginning of the 2017 fall semester.

“The renovation of Thompson Commons and the Pirate Café supports Park University’s commitment to student life and engagement,” said Jayme Uden, Ed.D., associate vice president and dean of students at Park. “The services and programs in Thompson Commons will greatly benefit from these upgrades and will have a grander ability to impact student retention and success. We are very appreciate that Burns & McDonnell are partnering in this important endeavor.”

“We are honored and thrilled to have been selected by Park University to work with them to improve and beautify a facility that has long been at the center of student life for this iconic institution,” said Greg Carlson, vice president of commercial construction for Burns & McDonnell.