By Donna Marie Sevilla
Students in the hospitality, and hotel and restaurant management programs are without a classroom due to ongoing renovations to the Humber Room.
The last major renovation to the programs’ restaurant at North campus was 12 years ago and it’s now undergoing a complete revamp.
Richard Pitteway, food and beverage manager, said during renovations hospitality students were placed in T131, a classroom in the T building next to the residence.
Pitteway teaches food and beverage service theory, and food and beverage service practical, which usually hold its classes in the Humber Room.
“Because the Humber Room is under renovation and we need space, this is the only space we could find,” said Pitteway.
The new layout of the restaurant will include changes like an expansion of the bar, a new ceiling, and hardwood flooring in the place of carpet. The estimated cost for the overall renovation project is $1.2 million, according to Alister Mathieson, the dean of the hospitality, recreation and tourism.
He said that the money comes from college funding and private sector funding. Because the project is under the budget, the remaining funds will go back into the college.
Mathieson said that the state of the art facilities are pivotal for higher learning.
“The Humber Room, like our culinary labs… and exercise labs, are leading edge facilities, and it’s an important part that the delivery of our curriculum is our students are in leading edge facilities that resemble the marketplace,” said Mathieson.
Pitteway said that the students have been taught all of the new methods and equipment that they’ll need to use when in the Humber Room.
Humber food and beverage service student Bonnie Bilous, 25, said that the knowledge she’s receiving through the instruction of the professors and the hands-on experience helps her the most.
“They’ve been in the industry for more than 20 years and they’re passing on that knowledge that they know into fourteen weeks for us so it’s definitely helping me a lot,” said Bilous.
Gow Hastings Architects is the architect in charge of the Humber Room design. The company has also done projects for Humber College in the past, such as the Humber Design Centre at the N building.
Pitteway said that students were able to start their practical lessons in the restaurant Tuesday.
Renovations on the Humber Room began mid-June and will be open tentatively on Sept. 30.
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