The many eco-friendly designs in The Hotel provide superior comfort while keeping electric and water meters in check. The energy efficient products save about $140,000 per year, versus the standard code base. Two years of these savings will cover the costs of the upgrades.
Seven pumps freeze ice in nine "ICE KUBE" units late in the night when energy rates are lowest. That trapped ice then melts the next day, cooling the classrooms, kitchens and Class Act Restaurant when daytime electric rates are much higher. That, along with geothermal ground heat exchanges, cool and heat the 117,000-square-foot facility.
Advanced controls continually monitor kitchen cooking surfaces, activating air handling on low speed when any heat is detected. If smoke is detected, the fans increase in speed to dissipate the output until it is controlled.
Six high-efficiency water heaters provide hot water delivery through a series of smart control mixing valves. These allow precise hot water supply even at low flows for the teaching kitchens, as well as Hotel guests.
A system of motion sensors detect occupancy in classrooms or other spaces, turning lights off when no one is in the room. Unoccupied guest rooms are put into a dormant mode. A new guest registration automatically re-activates the room.
This facility is designed as much for the student experience as college and public guest options. It is built as a learning laboratory for students to be better prepared when they enter the professional hospitality industry.
The service is second to none. These 350-plus students bring high-value hospitality to you, our guests. Excited about the industry and eager to learn, they work alongside top hospitality professionals, giving them constant, daily learning situations as they serve the traveling and dining public.
Students serve in many support roles to match their levels of progress through our programs. They fill roles of guest room attendant, concierge, kitchen staff, restaurant servers, supervisors, bellhops and caterers.
Kirkwood Community College Hospitality Arts graduates find work in everything from casual and fine dining restaurants, to casinos and large food corporations. About 90 percent of them find work within 100 miles of Kirkwood. So, this probably won't be the last time you see them. Once they leave our programs, they will be even better prepared to enter the workforce.