DePauw University has dedicated its new $32 million dining hall. Hoover Hall, which took more than two years to complete, serves its first meal today and seats more than 600 students.
The school broke ground on the project in May of 2014, and says it was completed on time and under budget. The lead gift came from 1967 DePauw graduates David and Suzanne Hoover. DePauw President Mark McCoy said the Hoovers supported the project because they "recognized that DePauw builds lifelong relationships through a strong sense of community."
Hoover Hall, measuring in at more than 48,000 square feet, sits in the center of campus. It will serve as the primary dining space for first-year students as well as upper-class students living in university housing.
DePauw’s board of trustees approved the new dining hall as part of the school’s Campus Master Plan. The university says Hoover Hall is part of "the transformation of the campus core into a place of greater connection, contemplation and creativity."
DePauw inaugurated its 20th president, Mark McCoy, Saturday. He began his new role in July, succeeding Brian Casey, who is now president of Colgate University in New York.