New Kitchen, Dining Room and Outdoor Plaza are Open; Construction Begins on Helland Center

This fall, MCTC completed several construction projects across campus, including a remodeled kitchen and new dining room for its Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management programs and a redesigned outdoor plaza that connects the campus to Loring Park. The College is beginning construction on its student center this fall.

MCTC students, staff, faculty and neighbors can now enjoy the beautiful new outdoor plaza, which promotes sustainability with its landscape design featuring native plants and a storm water retention system.

MCTC Outdoor Plaza

MCTC's new outdoor plaza. Photo by Deta Halilovic.

The project included removing concrete surfaces and steps, waterproofing around the buildings, re-grading the plaza area to create a gentle slope, installing sidewalks and landscaping with native plants, grasses and trees. Unhealthy mature trees were replaced with healthy ones.

MCTC’s new kitchen and the Plaza Dining Room were remodeled for our Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management programs. The project included a 13,000 square foot renovation to meet safety and code regulations, additional instructional space for the culinary program, a new formal dining room and conference rooms.

On September 28, MCTC hosted the first event in the new dining room–its 8th Annual Retiree Luncheon to honor retirees for their dedicated years of service. Their efforts have helped to build the vibrant campus we have today. Students from the Culinary Arts program catered the luncheon.

MCTC's new formal Plaza Dining Room during the Annual Retiree Luncheon. Photo by Amy Danielson.

Later this fall, we will begin expanding our Helland Center to provide additional space for student activities. The Helland Center is the community hub for the College, serving students, staff, faculty and visitors. It provides space for cultural, social and recreational activities and programs as well as education and wellness. The expanded and renovated facility will provide additional space for student activities areas, an expanded health clinic, a café/juice bar/coffee shop, a performance space that opens onto Loring Park and more. Construction is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2011.

Concept of the New Helland Center

Design concept of the new Helland Center. Image by LHB Architects.

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