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DUC-ling FAQ

Emory's DUC-ling Interim Dining Facility FAQ


Q. What is the DUC-ling?

The DUC-ling is Emory’s interim dining facility. The 10,000-square-foot structure will serve meals for students and other diners during the anticipated construction of a new Campus Life Center (CLC) on the current site of the Dobbs University Center (DUC). Construction of the DUC-ling is scheduled to begin the first week of October 2016; it will open in summer 2017.


Q. Why is the DUC-ling interim dining facility needed?

Construction of the new Campus Life Center (CLC) requires demolition of major sections of the existing Dobbs University Center (DUC), including Dobbs Market, which is currently the primary student dining facility. The dining operation will be temporarily relocated to the DUC-ling. The university center’s other affected spaces are also being assigned temporary locations.


Q. Where did the “DUC-ling” name come from?

Students affectionately began calling the new facility the “DUC-ling,” the playful name by which it is now commonly known.  


Q. Where is the DUC-ling located and why?

The facility will be located in the courtyard in front the Woodruff P.E. Center, across from the Dobbs University Center (DUC). Numerous options were considered, with the final decision based on criteria that include sufficient space to accommodate the numbers of diners at various times, proximity to residence halls to facilitate student accessibility, and minimal impact on other campus operations and pedestrian and vehicular traffic.


Q. What will the interim dining facility look and feel like?

The DUC-ling dining room will be an attractive, open space lit by daylight from a translucent ceiling panel and artificial light from modern suspended fixtures. A wall of windows will offer a view of McDonough Field for the approximately 480 diners that the DUC-ling will seat. The contemporary design will feel like a restaurant in a permanent structure, while affording greater convenience, comfort, and efficiency than the preceding dining facility.


Q. When will the DUC-ling be completed and begin operation?

Construction of the facility begins the first week of October 2016. The DUC-ling is scheduled to open in summer 2017.


Q. Will the DUC-ling provide the same service and food as Dobbs Market?

There will be no changes to the student meal plan, variety or quality of food service, or hours of operation. No staffing changes are anticipated. The same number of meals will be served and options will continue to include gluten-free, kosher, vegan, and vegetarian offerings. The DUC-ling will be tree nut, peanut, and shellfish free, the same as Dobbs Market. Designed to produce 3,600 meals per day, the kitchens are expected to be more efficient than ever because they will now be on the same level as the loading docks.


Q. How long will the DUC-ling be in operation?

The temporary space will operate until construction of the new Campus Life Center is completed and the new dining facilities are operational, which is projected to be summer 2019. 


Q. What will happen to the courtyard space that the DUC-ling will occupy?

To accommodate the 10,000-square-foot temporary dining space, the existing statue will be relocated. Trees will be cleared and replaced In accordance with Emory’s No Net Loss of Forest Canopy. When the temporary structure is removed, the site will be re-landscaped.


For more information on the DUC-ling and the new Campus Life Center, please see:

"New Campus Life Center will feature more inviting, flexible spaces"
By Kimber Williams, Emory Report, Aug. 3, 2015