Penn State Brandywine prepares for its first residential students

Penn State News – Campus Life MEDIA, Pa. — In August 2017, Penn State Brandywine will welcome its first residential students to campus. As move-in day approaches, the campus is preparing for the grand opening of its new residence hall and student union building.Elizabeth Kearns, director of housing and food services at Brandywine, is working closely with Kenneth Matthews, senior project manager at C.B. Development Services Inc., to incorporate a variety of appealing amenities into the campus’ two new buildings.
The student union is a two-story, 31,000-square-foot building that will include student recreation areas, the campus bookstore, conference space, student affairs offices, and Blue Apple Café — the campus’ new dining facility, which will have seating for 300 students.

Penn State Brandywine’s student union building will include Blue Apple Café – the campus’ new dining facility. 
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“We’ve been meeting with several vendors to make sure we have the correct equipment in place before construction is complete,” Kearns said. “For example, we had Pepsi come in and review our dining facility space so that we’re able to add a Pepsi Spire touch screen soda fountain to the café.”
Kearns said certain food stations in Blue Apple Café will also feature kiosk ordering. In preparation for installation, she’s working with University Park’s information technology department to build the correct software and purchase needed equipment for the project.
“We’re installing kiosks at the café’s deli station and Shake, Bake, and Brew — which will sell Starbucks coffee, Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream, and Penn State Bakery items,” she said.
Blue Apple Café will also include a pizza station, grill station, salad bar, breakfast nook, and chef’s table. Kearns is currently developing a menu along with choosing dinnerware and flatware.

Located in the student union building, the campus’ new dining facility will include seating for 300 students. 
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