Thanks in part to funds generously provided by The Statler Foundation, Trocaire College was able to completely renovate several rooms at its Transit Road Extension Center this past year. The campus community, donors and other guests celebrated the new space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 16, 2016.
Statler Foundation Hospitality, Food, and Nutrition Service Learning Laboratory: This area will serve as a simulated coffee café/small restaurant environment in which students in the Hospitality Management and the Nutrition and Dietetics programs will be able to learn “front of the house” operations in a food and beverage retail environment. Outfitted with coffee makers, refrigerated storage areas, and plenty of cupboard and counter space, the laboratory also allows events to be easily catered within the new space.
Penfold Learning Commons: Named in honor of Dick and Karen Penfold, longtime supporters of Trocaire and champions of its students, this space serves as both a studying and gathering place. With Trocaire’s library offerings shelved to one side and the Statler lab just steps away, students will be able to gather individually and in groups, to study and prepare for classes, relax with a quick snack and access the internet—all within the same comfortable space.
Classroom/Event Space: The third portion of the project is an updated classroom, equipped with new audio/visual equipment and furniture. A key feature of the classroom is the retractable glass wall that divides it from the Penfold Learning Commons and Statler lab. The space can be closed off, allowing a class to go on undisturbed even as other students utilize the common area. However, when the wall retracts, the three areas combine into a single space that can accommodate 100 to 150 people for special events, workshops and conferences.