Demonstration Kitchen Auditorium Upgrade

  • Managing Department: Collins College of Hospitality Management
  • Rooms/Courses Affected: Demonstration Auditorium (79-147)
  • Completed: 2016
  • Expenses: $95,500


Upgrades to The Collins College of Hospitality Management’s demonstration kitchen allow future hospitality leaders to access professional-quality facilities and culinary equipment.

Thanks to a combination of Lottery Funding and a generous gift from The Don and Lorraine Freeberg Foundation, a longtime supporter of the college, the demonstration auditorium renovation project included the following:  

  • New industry standard culinary kitchen equipment
    • Stainless steel refrigerator
    • Stainless steel freezer
    • New wok range
    • New cast-iron grill
    • New fryer
    • New combi oven
    • New blender
    • New ADA-compliant hands-free hand sink
    • New ADA-compliant mobile prep tables
    • New height-adjustable mobile kitchen equipment stands
  • New and upgraded audio-visual technology
    • New cameras that capture and record live culinary demonstrations
    • New confidence monitor for the presenter
    • New projection screen
    • New media credenzas to house a new blue-ray player, document camera, camera controller, recording devices and computer tower
  • New control touch panel
  • New mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades
    • New state of the art hood with exhausted air (grease extractor) fan, make-up air fan, mechanical ducts, and fire suppression system
    • New and upgraded LED lighting
    • New code compliant grease trap

Academic Impact:

The newly renovated Demonstration Lab provides a high-tech learning environment that allows for culinary demonstrations with industry-standard equipment that can be recorded and shared for educational purposes, online use, archiving, and much more. The new cameras allow demonstrations to be captured from multiple angles and can be projected live on two large screens for ease of viewing throughout the classroom.

"These improvements help keep us updated in times when technology is changing so quickly. As the future comes at light speed, the ability to work with new equipment places us in front of our competition," says hospitality management student Melissa Huang.

The brand-new industry standard culinary equipment allows instructors to bring real-world skills into the classroom. Taking into consideration students health and well-being in all aspects of this project, The Collins College also installed an exhaust hood and fire suppression system for code compliance and safety purposes.

­Hospitality management student Rachel Watts adds, "Having state-of-the-art classrooms prepares us for professional jobs as we enter the industry after graduation."