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Turner Hall culinary lab rennovations to start this year

The culinary lab in Turner Hall, which has not been updated since it was built in 1963, will be receiving renovations by 2015.

“We have been working with the college for six months and the Board of Trustees recently approved renovations,” David Gill, Director of Facilities Planning said.

“The best case is that we will be ready to start by Christmas time.”

Planners have been meeting with different architects for bidding on the project but no one has been selected as of now. The Board approved a $750,000 budget for the project.

A lot of the kitchen equipment used in the culinary lab has a domestic appearance, similar to a kitchen in someone’s home. These renovations will give the lab commercial food service equipment, like in a restaurant.

“This is a great opportunity for [current] students and future students to receive a better lab, it’s been a long time coming,” Ani Yazedjian, Department Chair for Family and Consumer Sciences said. “It definitely needed an update and will be a new state of the art facility.”

The equipment added will be stainless steel and there will also be a space in the middle for food preparation tables.

Currently, the skill development tables for student instruction are stagnant but the renovations will create more space.

The lab is used by students in the Family and Consumer Sciences department for a variety of classes. The Food Science course teaches students the science behind food, how to plan a modified diet and food preparation.

Food Management teaches students how to plan food for large amounts of people and Principles of Food Preparation is a general health and safety course.

Yazedjian said that hopefully construction will be done during the summer or during the evening so there is minimum classroom disruption. If work must be done during the semester when classes are in session, then there will be alternate locations on campus for students to go.

The Family and Consumer Sciences department consists of different programs that focus on the welfare of individuals. A few of the programs are Apparel Merchandising and Design; Food, Nutrition and Dietetics; and Human Development and Family Resources.

The program focuses on many hands-on experiences for students, such as sewing for fashion design and cooking for food preparation. There are also clubs within each area for students to gain more experience.

For more information and updates on the culinary lab renovations, contact Ani Yazedjian at 309-438-2517. For more about Family and Consumer Sciences, visit FCS.IllinoisState.edu.

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