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St. Philip’s Triples Space in Future Culinary Building

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One of the oldest and top-ranked culinary arts schools in the U.S. has outgrown its 1980’s era facility, both in space and functionality. On Oct. 4, St. Philip’s College celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center of Excellence at its 1801 Martin Luther King Drive campus.

The new 61,200-square-foot, four-story facility will include five teaching kitchen labs and two full commercial kitchen labs around which the rest of the facility is organized. This will be triple in size than its current space. The labs in the new facility are located along a public corridor for easy access and visibility of the activity within by both students and visitors. Back-of-house corridors will connect the labs to food and dry goods storage, classrooms, and other support areas. The public spaces of the building are designed to feel like a hotel – spacious, easy to navigate, and with multiple small seating areas to promote social interaction.

Additionally, the project includes a classroom with mock hotel office and breakout rooms with retractable walls that can function similar to hotel conference rooms or as a hotel ballroom. An attached warming kitchen allows both Hospitality and Culinary students to host and practice large catering events. The building also includes a 100-seat tiered lecture hall that can double as a food demonstration kitchen, faculty offices and a loading dock for efficient delivery of goods in and out of the building.

Chef Johnny Hernandez, chair of the college’s culinary arts advisory team, said “this is a transformational day for our industry in San Antonio, because the new facility will rival any program in the country.”

Funded as part of a $450 million bond package approved by voters in May 2017 to both construct new Alamo College District facilities and renovate existing college buildings, the $30 million building also contains two restaurants which will be open to the public. The 1898 Café on the first floor will serve American cuisine. The crowning jewel of the building will be Artemisia’s Restaurant. This restaurant is the namesake of the school’s founder and is where the most advanced students will prove their skills by planning menus, preparing and serving four-course meals to the public.

Future capital improvement projects at the college include a $20 million Welding Auto Collision building (2019), renovations of the Clarence Norris Technical Building ($22 million – 2019) and the Artemisia Bowden Building ($10 million – 2019) in addition to a $16 million construction project for replacement of the college’s 70-year-old Fitness Center with a Wellness Building (2019).

The architect of record for the tourism building project is Page Southerland Page, Inc., and the contractor for the project is Skanska USA. Read more about that project at the Page Southerland Page, Inc. web page Creating Space to Learn: New Culinary Arts Facility to Open.

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West Side San Antonio Gets UTSA Boost

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In the next few years, the West Side of San Antonio near downtown is going to get a lot more upgrades thanks to the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The San Antonio City Council unanimously approved the sale of two city-owned lots located at 506 Dolorosa and 702 Dolorosa which will support UTSA’s School of Data Science, National Security Collaboration Center, as well as the construction of faculty and student housing.

“This is a catalytic investment which will spur economic growth, and help to erase the false boundary highways like I-10 can create,” Councilman Roberto Treviño said. “It will connect the campus and many West Side neighborhoods, such as Prospect Hill, to our urban core where the efforts of our students and professionals can be leveraged with new and emerging partnerships with the private sector.

In September, UTSA received a $70 million commitment from the University of Texas System Board of Regents for construction of two new facilities at its Downtown Campus for a National Security Collaboration Center and a proposed School of Data Science.

According to a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan for the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, two-thirds of global cybersecurity employers said they did not have enough employees to address current threats. By 2022, it is estimated there will be a demand for an additional 1.8 million information security and technology professionals in the United States to keep critical information and intellectual property safe.

The National Security Collaboration Center will comprise 80,000-square-feet of innovation space, laboratories and research facilities and will serve as a hub for government, university and industry partners in the cybersecurity field. It will focus on forensics, visualization and analytics, network security, cyber training/workforce development, big data analytics and privacy, post-quantum cryptography, cyber physical systems and embedded security, security of the cloud, attack and threat modeling and mitigation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, platform and software integrity, and hardware integrity.

UTSA has already established federal partnership agreements with the National Security Agency, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the U.S. Secret Service, 24th Air Forces Cyber and 25th Air Force. To further strengthen the ecosystem, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have all executed partnership agreements with UTSA to work within the NSCC.

The proposed School of Data Science will include UTSA’s existing departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Statistics & Data Sciences, Information Systems and Cyber Security, and the UTSA Open Cloud Institute. These departments will be co-located in the new facility.

UTSA will continue to offer bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and certificate programs to expand the pipeline of highly trained professionals who protect government and business networks. Enrollment in these programs is expected to grow significantly after the new building is opened.

The UTSA Downtown Campus is also home to the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the UTSA College of Public Policy, and several programs in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.


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St. Philip’s Receives Additional HBCU Funding for Graduation Efforts

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St. Philip’s College, one of the largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation, was recently awarded a little more than $7 million in federal grants due to its HBCU designation and its efforts in increasing graduation rates.

The five-year HBCU federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education is given to strengthen and enhance HBCUs. The 2018 grant award, given on Aug. 27, exceeds the 2017 grant award of $5,000,725 by roughly $900,000 – in part because one element in the formula for establishing the level of funding is increasing the number of college graduates.

Just two days later on Aug. 29, the Department of Education awarded the college another grant in the amount of $1,347,656. This grant, titled Student Aid and Financial Responsibility Act, will help the campus with renovations and student services support. Both awards total $7,337,880, and are supplements to the college’s operational budget.

Established as a school for daughters of former U.S. slaves in 1898, St. Philip’s College has an enrollment of about 13,000 students. Every year in September, the nation recognizes the 107 HBCUs institutions during HBCU Week. St. Philip’s College is one of nine HBCUs in the state of Texas.

Also in April of this year, St. Philip’s College celebrated another huge achievement by announcing it received the highly sought after 2018 Texas Award for Performance Excellence, one of only two Texas recipient organizations this year.

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