Students enjoy food, atmosphere at Cougar Woods
been several weeks since the Cougar Woods Dining Hall opened,
and the feedback from students seems to be the same: two thumbs
Gabrielle Hackett, a biology major who lives in the adjacent
Quads, says she eats at Cougar Woods three times a day. Besides
being convenient because of its proximity, the food is good, she
“On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s probably like a 7 or 8,” she said.
dining hall opened Oct. 1 at the northeast corner of Cullen
Boulevard and Wheeler Avenue. The building’s unique wall of
windows not only is striking from an architectural standpoint,
it also serves a useful purpose. The special design allows it to
save energy by maximizing the use of natural light.
In addition, it also is able to save up to 20 percent of water
usage with its plumbing fixtures that help conserve water. And
the building is expected to save up to 30 percent on energy
usage through its high-efficiency HVAC equipment and other
strategies for reducing energy demand.
Hackett was not aware that such energy-saving features were
intentionally built into the facility.
“It’s definitely a good thing,” she said.
Like Hackett, Joshua Peacock, a computer engineering student,
also lives in the Quads. He eats at Cougar Woods about twice a
day. One of the reasons, he said, is that it doesn’t seem as
crowded in the 600-seat facility as other eating establishments
on campus. He also likes the food.
just better food and more relaxing,” he said.
Cougar Woods features a state-of-the-art Real Food on Campus
restaurant. Students pay upon entering and can eat as much as
they care to. There are several entrée stations, including a
grill, salad bar and deli. In addition, there is a station where
cooks can make individual portions of a select entrée so that
students can customize their meal.
There also is a fully-stocked dessert bar.
The facility takes the place of the RFoC that had been located
on the ground floor of Oberholtzer Hall and which seated 150
Hackett said she anxiously awaited the opening of the new dining
hall. She wasn’t disappointed.
“I figured it would be bigger and there would be more choices,”
Dibacco, an engineering student who lives on campus, eats at
Cougar Woods twice a day. Why?
“It’s not as busy,” she said. “And they have staple food here –
hamburgers and stuff.”
Cougar Woods Dining Hall is open Monday through Friday from 7
a.m. to 8 p.m. It is closed on the weekend.