A New Semester Brings Changes to the HUB

September 16, 2016 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

HUB roof The new school year has brought a handful of welcome additions to University Park. One of the most noticeable changes is the HUB’s green roof terrace, which opened earlier this summer.

Originally part of the $44.6 million renovation which was approved in 2013, the green roof received additional funding from the 2014 senior class gift that helped “enhance and expand” the project. The green roof provides an outdoor seating space and has a handful of environmental benefits, like reducing the heat island effect (which means that areas covered by pavement are warmer than areas covered by grass) that is caused by traditional roofs. And, of course, the view of Mount Nittany is wonderful.

HUB roof

Full disclosure: I was a member of the class of 2014 and voted for something other than the green roof, so I wasn’t too keen on heading up there. But after reading about the environmental impact and seeing that, you know, it’s a really nice place, I managed to come around. A word to the wise: most of the seats are made of metal, so if you’re going up on a hot day, don’t wear shorts.

If you get the chance to enjoy the new seating area, you might as well do it with lunch from the HUB’s newest restaurant. Grate Chee, a grilled cheese and tomato soup spot, opened up for the fall semester, which is why our deputy editor Ryan Jones didn’t mention it when he ate his way across campus last fall. As HUB Dining Associate Director Vincent Raco told Onward State, the decision to add the restaurant came after feedback said that people wanted more “comfort food options.” By the looks of the menu, Grate Chee is absolutely a comfort food restaurant.

Grate Chee Menu

I picked up a grilled cheese with cheddar and added turkey, and like basically every other grilled cheese sandwich that you’ve ever consumed, it was pretty good. The two criteria for a good grilled cheese are that the bread isn’t burnt and there’s plenty of melted cheese, and this checked both of those boxes. We’ll head back when it’s not 90 degrees outside to try out the soup – and, as we explained in our Nov./Dec. 2015 issue, every restaurant on campus is open to the public, so you can try it out yourself the next time you’re in town.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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