Work progresses on Dairy Express, Winter Education Complex

Plans include the integration of College Avenue into the campus, a new library and a student center.

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COLLEGE PLACE - Many plans are in store for Walla Walla University this year that will benefit residents and students.

The university Master Planning Committee's 13 members have constructed a plan for the next 20 years that includes changes happening now to the Dairy Express and the Winter Education Complex.

Remodeling and building project at The Dairy Express, 406 S. College Ave., is scheduled to be completed in three weeks and will include changes in service, design and menu. Dairy Express Manager Chris Gottfried said he is excited to expand and better serve customers.

The remodel will nearly double the business to 3,248 square feet. Additions to the Dairy Express include two handicapped-accessible public restrooms, a full range and grill, larger storage space, larger cooler and freezer space, expanded seating areas and bigger preparation and cleaning areas for the kitchen.

With all the new equipment and space, Gottfried hopes to expand the menu. Plans include a sandwich bar, a coffee and doughnut station and a number of smoothie options. Gottfried wants to create a menu with many healthy options and that is convenient to customers on the go.

Daily specials will appear soon and based on popularity will be added to the expanding menu. Gottfried plans to try such things as vegetarian sushi, haystacks and various pasta dishes.

A breakfast menu - including pancakes, smoothies, eggs, potatoes and other vegetarian options - will be available from 7-11 a.m.

A three-door cooler will be stocked with salads, sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, yogurt parfaits and healthy drinks and snacks.

Changes in the Winter Education Complex will include remodeled classrooms. The renovations are scheduled to be completed before the 2010-2011 academic year begins and will provide computer and Internet connections to students and faculty.

To connect with the university's campuses in Portland and Montana, one classroom will be equipped with video conference capabilities.

When renovations are complete the schools of nursing and social work and sociology will occupy the building's office spaces. The project was made possible by philanthropic gifts to the university.

Future plans include the integration of College Avenue into the campus, a new library and a student center.

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