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The new Junger Culinary Center at Central Oregon Community College is a state of the art facility.  Executive Chef and Cascade Culinary Institute Director Gene Fritz says they designed the building with an eye on energy savings: "It's actually earth advantage certifies, which is a new commercial certification. We were a pilot project for Earth Advantage. And so there's a lot of efficiencies and sustainable principles built into the construction of the building and the equipment that's being used within the building. And so that's an exciting certification for us to achieve." Fritz says they have gone from a very small facility to about 15,205 square feet,  with huge kitchens and a high tech teaching theatre. They have named the new restaurant in the facility "Elevation" to signify their mission of elevating students learning and food preparation to a higher level. Fritz says none of it could have become a reality without the community: "But the college and the community, through the fundraising campaign really got behind the project. And through the successful donations of people like the Jungers, who were significant donors for the opening of the Jungers Culinary Center.  That represented the community in spirit, saying 'hey, we support this project'. It's all about what the community wanted to do at the beginning, and here we are, we delivered." Fritz says they will have about 125 students when they open for classes next month; and when they are fully operational, they will be able to accommodate about 250. A Grand Opening Ceremony - Open House is scheduled for October.



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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.


  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.