John W. Danforth Company

Niagara University’s Clet Hall Renovations Begin

Beginning in May of 2016, after high demand for an updated event and banquet facility, Niagara University has commenced renovations for its Clet dining facility. Danforth was chosen by the University to serve as the construction manager for the $7.2 million project.

The renovations for the dining hall will include an updated kitchen for employees and an updated dining space for students. New seating options will be available such as lounge style and high top tables. The new dining hall is expected to seat 230 people. Added dining options will be available for students as well, including a brick pizza oven, deli station and bakery. Renovations are to be finished by the end of August, just in time for students heading back to school. Along with the renovations of the dining hall, an addition attached to the hall will be made. In what may be considered a “flex space”, this addition will include more seating, a projector and screen, and will overall serve as a space for special events, or just an extra spot for students to hang out. The addition is expected to be completed by December 1st, 2016.

Partnering with the University on this project is Buffalo architectural firm BHNT Architects. Subcontractors working with Danforth include Mader Construction Company, Inc., Frey Electric, Pinto Construction Services Inc. for site work and Ciminelli Construction for flat work.

Overall, Appler has emphasized Danforth’s role in building a close relationship with the University and its staff in order to learn their priorities for the project and to be able to find fast solutions. Niagara University hopes the renovations and addition to the dining hall will be a key selling point for Niagara University, and bring a revived, reenergized feel for students to enjoy eating, studying, and socializing.

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