Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees has approved plans to renovate The School of Hospitality Business’ Culinary Business Learning Lab, a project totaling $4 million.
At its December 2010 meeting, the Board approved The School’s plans to create a revitalized demonstration theater, teaching kitchens, dining room, and a new entry that will include an Alumni “Hall of Fame.” School Director and Professor Ron Cichy explained that the new space will “honor our past, but look to a 21st-century future.” And Professor of Culinary Business Chef Allan Sherwin said, “The new Culinary Business Lab will invigorate and expand our students’ experiences and capabilities. And even more than before, companies will use The School as the place for executive education.”
A $2 million grant from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation will fund half of the project, and, with help from the Volunteer Fundraising Committee led by alumni Phil Hickey and Richard Farrar, over $1 million has been received or pledged from individuals and other organizations, and over $350,000 of “in-kind” donations have been pledged or are under consideration. With additional investments and grants totaling $765,000, The School has begun demolition of the existing space, will begin construction in February, and will complete the revitalization by Fall 2011.