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The "Rat" at Rhodes Gets Makeover

‘The Rat’ at Rhodes Gets Makeover

The Daily News
VOL. 126 | NO. 94 | Friday, May 13, 2011

By Sarah Baker

Rhodes College has filed an $11 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand and renovate its main dining hall facility.

Known by students as “The Rat,” Catherine Burrow Refectory opened in 1958 and has three dining areas – Neely Hall, Hyde Hall and Rollow Hall. Smaller meeting rooms include the Alburty Room, the Davis Room and the Bell Room.

The expansion calls for 18,500 square feet of new construction, including a major new dining hall, a new fireside lounge and kitchen and a variety of seating options and other comfortable furnishings, said Brian Foshee, Rhodes director of physical plant.

Burrow Refectory’s transformational renovation of existing space will accommodate a new grand servery featuring a bakery, a brick pizza oven and several cook-to-order food stations that will provide students with fresh menu options ranging from stir fry to vegan dishes.

Memphis-based Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is listed as the general contractor on the project, and is taking bids from an approved subcontractor list May 18. The site’s architect is Norfolk, Va.-based Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Co.

On the engineering side, Burr & Cole Consulting Engineers Inc. will provide civil and structural services, and OGCB Inc. is responsible for mechanical, plumbing, electrical and fire protection.

All four firms are also responsible for the West Village, Rhodes’ new $13 million, 52,000-square-foot residence hall that broke ground in March. Both project completion dates are August 2012.