Cal Poly’s Vista Grande Dining Complex is set to open at the start of Spring 2020. 

After starting construction nine months behind schedule in 2017, the original completion date has been pushed back three times from Fall 2018 to Fall 2019, and now to Spring 2020.

“As with most construction projects there have been permitting and weather delays. Both of which lasted longer than expected,” Cal Poly Corporation communications specialist Aaron Lambert said.

According to the Cal Poly Corporation website, shovels broke ground in 2016 to start on the three-story complex featuring six dining venues. 

“The construction of a building is a huge project that always has delays,” Lambert said. “Delays like this, while unfortunate, were planned for.” 

The new dining complex will replace the old Vista Grande Cafe, which was closed in Summer 2016. Vista Grande will also contribute to Cal Poly’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification for the sustainable, resource-efficient design.

The new dining complex was created to address the growing needs of the campus and student body, according to the Cal Poly corporation website. In addressing these needs, there will be a Jamba Juice, convenience store and a registered dietitian located on the first floor of the dining complex. 

Although the completion date has been pushed back, dining will not be affected this year according to Lambert.

“Dining is one of the most critical entities on campus and is extremely thorough in its planning,” Lambert said.

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