University of Wisconsin–Stout, Price Commons Food Service Renovation

Menomonie, Wisconsin


Lien & Peterson Architects


State of Wisconsin, Division of State Facilities


28,122 sq.ft.

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Completion Date


Price Commons is the location of the main campus food services and mail services, and serves as a conference and meeting center. The University of Wisconsin—Stout saw the opportunity in an abatement project to improve the facility to better serve staff and students.

The facility, which serves new students, was dark and uninviting. The space needed a new style that would be welcoming, a place for new students to meet one another and to project the school’s focus of being "Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University."

The project included renovation of the kitchen prep area and servery, including asbestos abatement, complete mechanical upgrade and replacement of coolers and freezers, as well as overall cosmetic improvements to the dining area, all on the second floor of the building.

The renovation created a new servery area with digital display boards and themed server stations. The remodeled dining area now features new furniture, booth seating, an electric fireplace, flatscreen televisions, bar seating and Internet access throughout for student laptops.

The upgrade in mechanical systems and food-service equipment has provided efficiency gains in energy consumption and environmental controls. The new atmosphere has attracted increased sales volumes and student use.

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Product suppliers specified

Lighting & Accessories by Corelite Lighting
HVAC Control Devices by Carel USA
Signage by Nova Display
Carpet by Patcraft
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by Mannington
Cabinets by Nevamar
Countertops by Avonite
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by USG
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Doors by Curries
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Lighting & Accessories by Cooper Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
HVAC Control Devices by Bell & Gossett
HVAC Units by York
Kitchen Equipment by Halton
Kitchen Equipment by Master Built
Cabinets by InPro Corp.
HVAC Units by Yaskawa
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