A brand new 35,000-sq.ft., 1,077-seat addition to Virginia Tech’s campus dining program, Turner Place offers a mix of three national brand (Bruegger’s Bagels, Jamba Juice, Qdoba Mexican Grill) and five internal brand food outlets over two levels. The internal concepts include a pizza concept using a wood burning oven, a charbroiler/grill that burns real hardwood, and a Japense sushi/steakhouse with four teppanyaki flat-surface grills. Each concept has its own distinctive “look” and is unique to Turner.

The facility, which replaces an aging traditional dining hall at another location, sits in an underserved section of campus close to classrooms and parking, ideal for attracting the school’s thousands of commuter students. The result has been a jump in overall dining program transactions of around 12% for the year, as Turner has generated more than 50,000 transactions a week despite being open only weekdays.

Project Team:

Ted FaulknerDirector of Dining Services
Brian GroveAssociate Director of Dining Services
John Barrett - Assistant Director of Dining Services
Mark MoritzExecutive Chef Senior – Dining Services
Jessica Baldwin, Alisha Barker, Lance Mailem, Jamie ParnellOperations Managers Dining Services
Tom FongFood Production Manager – Dining Services
Susan ModicaAdministrative Assistant – Dining Services
Craig GelbertAssociate Director for Planning and Business Services – Division of Student Affairs Dining Services Student Advisory Committee Members (from 2007-present)
Patty Justis, Interior Designer, University Design and Construction
Aaron Curfiss, Project Inspector, University Design and Construction
David Chinn, Project Manager, University Design and Construction

Albin Khouw: Sr. VP - Porter Khouw Consulting
Mesher Shing McNutt: Interior Architecture and Design
Bob Mesher: Principal-Project Manager and Designer
Joe Shing: Principal-Project Architect
Shannon McNutt: Principal-Interior Designer
Wayne Nickles: Design Architect, Stantec
Joel Martineau: Architect, Stantec
Steve Gourley: Project Manager, Skanska USA
David Mays: Superintendent, Skanska USA