JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- A $45 million project at the heart of ETSU’s campus is taking shape.

Renovations for the Culp Center started in 2018. The new dining hall is now open for students and staff.

ETSU’s new open concept dining hall is on the 3rd floor of the Culp Center – giving the university community more food options than ever before.

“This was a wonderful building in time, but it was a building that was built for another time. And thanks to the leadership of our facilities team, thanks to the leadership of our colleagues at Burwell, we’ve transformed this space,” University President Dr. Brian Noland said Wednesday.

Dr. Noland said the university’s new dining hall is a dream – students made possible.

Inside this new dining hall, students have the option to choose from 12 different stations that offer everything from pizza to an all-day omelet bar.

ETSU freshmen we spoke to are impressed with the new addition.

“We’ve heard it’s a lot better than the old one so to just come in and have this as the only one we know. The food is really good. I literally come in here and eat like 5 meals at once,” they said.

Other sections of the Culp Center renovations continue. The student activities on the second floor and the home of the ETSU book store are also taking shape.

If you have a sweet tooth – there’s also plenty of dessert options like gelato.

University officials said the Culp Center renovations are on track to be complete by January 2020 with additional portions opening up later in the year.

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