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COD Builds First LEED-Certified Culinary And Hospitality Center in Country
Preservation Magazine, by COD Newsroom

College of DuPage will build the first LEED-certified Culinary and Hospitality Center in the country, combining student learning with the creation of DuPage Countys first Theater District. Construction begins in May, with the building slated for completion by fall semester 2011. 

Located on the northeastern edge of the Colleges Glen Ellyn campus near the lake and McAninch Arts Center, the new 60,000 square-foot facility is part of the Colleges overall facility enhancements funded by a 2002 capital referendum. The Colleges Culinary Arts program operates at capacity, with new students only able to enroll during fall semester due to limited program space. The CHC will double the space allotted for both the Hospitality and Culinary programs, allowing for a 30 percent growth in enrollment.

Were building this facility with industry growth and jobs in mind, said COD President Robert L. Breuder. The food service and restaurant industry is one of the nations largest private-sector employers, with an additional two million new jobs expected in the next seven years.

Following a four-star dining experience prepared by COD culinary students, guests will be able to walk along the beautifully landscaped lake, enjoy a performance at the McAninch Arts Center and then choose to stay overnight at one of the boutique hotel suites serviced by hospitality students. The new center will include Waterleaf, a four-star fine restaurant, a casual dining room, a large meeting space for receptions and special events, and six rooms in the facilitys six-room boutique hotel aptly named Waters Edge. Full Article