Derby Dining Center concept

K-State’s Derby Dining Center will need to close for the second half of the spring 2020 semester to make sure the project, which includes $16 million in renovations, stays on schedule. The center is still expected to open completely by the start of the spring 2021 semester.

K-State’s Derby Dining Center will need to close for the latter half of the spring 2020 semester, university officials announced Monday.

The university is working on a $16 million renovation of the facility, originally built in 1966, to update its mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, as well as add new alarm systems and entry and exit points.

The center was originally supposed to remain partially open during the renovation work, but department officials said they now need to close the center for a portion of the spring semester in order to stay on the contractor’s schedules. The center’s last meal before its temporary closure will be dinner on March 6.

Students who typically eat at Derby are still able to eat meals at Kramer Dining Center on the western edge of campus, and the university will expand its shuttle service between the two areas. The Van Zile Dining Center will expand its service hours and add meal options for students.

The university will allow students who had an unlimited meal plan to downgrade to a 14-meal-a-week plan for the last half of the semester, although students must request that change between March 16 and April 1.