St. Philip's College Celebrates Topping Out Of New Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Building

August 27, 2019

Chancellor Flores, Trustee Katz, and Dr. Loston signing a building beam outside

At a ceremony August 27, Alamo Colleges District Board Chair Marcelo Casillas and Trustee Dr. Yvonne Katz joined Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores; St. Philip’s College (SPC) President Dr. Adena Williams Loston; renowned local chef Johnny Hernandez, chair of the SPC Culinary Arts Advisory Board; Ryan Aalsma, SKANSKA executive vice president/general manager; Frank Salinas, Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts  department chair; and SPC students and employees to celebrate the "topping out" of the new Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts building under construction at the college.

The highlight of the event was the signing by attendees of a giant steel beam which was then raised by an immense crane to the top of the area of the building where Artemisia’s, the colleges respected restaurant staffed by Culinary Arts students, will be housed. The ceremony marked a significant milestone in the construction. This was the first “topping out ceremony to be held for a project funded by the district’s 2017 $450 million bond program approved by Bexar County voters. The building will provide a state-of-the-art facility for the college’s award-winning and internationally recognized tourism, hospitality and culinary arts program. The college broke ground on the new facility in October 2018.

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