Rane Culinary Science Center

A rendering of the planned Rane Culinary Science Center from the corner of Thach Avenue and South College Street

The Auburn University Board of Trustees will consider final approvals for a number of major capital projects, including the planned Rane Culinary Science Center on the corner of South College Street and Thach Avenue. 

The Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center is a multipurpose project combining academic and revenue-generating components. The 142,000-square foot building would consist of 26,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space, 17,000 square feet of space dedicated to a teaching restaurant, brewery and food hall, 27,000 square feet of boutique teaching hotel (26 rooms), a spa and fitness center, 11,000 square feet of event and maintenance space, and six leased living units, according to board meeting materials. 

The project's estimated cost of $95.4 million would be financed by University General Funds, College of Human Sciences gift funds, and operating revenues from the hotel, restaurant, food hall and leased living units. Auburn trustee Jimmy Rane gave $12 million for the naming of the building.

Construction of the project is  expected to begin in July and run through April 2021.

The BOT will also consider final project approvals for a Academic Classroom and Laboratory Complex and a Central Dining Facility, which will both be roughly located on the current site of the Allison Laboratory, which would be demolished before construction begins, and just west of Parker Hall, which would be demolished after the projects are completed. 

The cost of the ACLC is estimated at $83 million, financed by bonds and debt service paid for by University General Funds. 

The Central Dining Facility's cost is estimated at $26 million, which will be financed by Student Affairs revenue generated through Dining Services. Aramark Corporation agreed to invest $26 million in a new dining facility as part of its contract in early 2018 with the university to become its campus food service provider. 

The CDF will be a 48,000 square foot building with  an 800-seat capacity in dining hall, dining/study and retail revenue spaces. Construction of the project is expected to start this spring, wjth the facility opening by the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

The Auburn Board of Trustees meets Friday at 9 a.m. in the Taylor Center on the campus of Auburn University-Montgomery.

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