Refectory & Kitchen Project
COMPLETION DATE: SEPTEMBER 2018
How do you hold on to Avon’s traditional, famed architecture but still provide for an efficient and satisfying dining experience? You preserve the iconic Riddle Refectory dining hall and modernize the kitchen and equipment behind it.
For many years, Avon operated with an out-of-date kitchen that no longer worked to efficiently feed the Avon Old Farms family. By renovating the Refectory with a redesigned kitchen and servery, we shortened wait times, provided a wider variety of dining options, and ensured that all of our students are nourished with expertly prepared meals that make them feel even more at home.
Simultaneously, we worked to preserve the famed details of the main dining hall by refinishing the original tables, benches, chairs, and trim. The refectory re-opened September 2018 to a celebration from the students and faculty! Next? We updated our iconic tile roof. The slate tiles on the refectory were replaced, improving the efficiency of the roof while continuing to maintain that Riddle aesthetic. The roof was completed in September 2019.
With your help, this renovation ensured our students have the best dining experience possible.
The Refectory & Kitchen Project embraced a goal of $6.4 million to renovate the kitchen in order to offer our students and faculty a more efficient and home-like dining experience of both local and international cuisine.
Preserved aesthetic in the dining hall also features enlarged entryways for improved traffic flow.
Modernized servery offers expanded culinary options.
Click over the numbers on the rendering to see the new additions to the kitchen.
Fully-stocked self-serve salad bar
Brick oven pizza station
Hot line station
New dishwashing area