News in brief: WSU begins construction on food truck plaza

Construction on a food truck plaza will soon break ground next month to host local food trucks on campus, the university announced Wednesday.  

Built on the edge of Innovation Campus, the plaza will host food trucks that will set up daily for the campus and offer a variety of food options. The plaza, expected to open in June, will be constructed by Bauer and Son Construction and will offer lighting, sidewalks and a seating area, comparable to the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park located downtown.

Jodi Buchanan, owner of B.S. Sandwich Press and organizer for ICT Food Trucks, said in a news release that food trucks and college students are a winning combination.

“The food truck owners are highly anticipating this. We’ve been trying to get onto campus for a long time, and we’re excited that the university is making it happen,” she said in the release.

As apart of Innovation Campus, the plaza location will be next to the Experiential Engineering building and GoCreate makerspace — both expected to be completed later this year.  

“Right now it might seem a little removed from the rest of the campus,” John Tomblin, WSU vice president for research and technology transfer, said in the release. “Before long it will be central to all of campus.”

Possible visiting food trucks include Brown Box Bakery, B.S. Sandwich Press, The Flying Stove, Lil’Bit Gourmet Burgers, Noble House Hawaiian Plate and Mr. Natural Soul Kitchen.