Tuskegee University’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center gets a new look


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 4, 2011) — The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University revealed its new face on Friday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate recent renovations. Two alumni, Matthew and Roberta Jenkins, donated money to refurbish the lobby, bar and restaurant areas.

“On behalf of Tuskegee University, I hereby gladly and graciously accept this most generous gift,” said Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon.

Two alumni, designer Vicki Carter and project manager Kathy Webb, planned and implemented the renovation on a pro-bono basis. The lobby features new animal print furnishings that can comfortably accommodate 40 people and an imported blown glass chandelier.

“This is a Neiman Marcus, over the top, fantasy gift for Tuskegee,” Carter said.

The 10-week project used a mix of existing and new fixtures to update the look of the hotel while embracing its history. For example, in the restaurant area, the old dining tables got a new and innovative look. The tops were redone with an automotive paint treatment resulting in a unique and glossy, deep chocolate finish that is durable and easy to maintain. Columns bearing quotes from university figures, past and present, remind diners of the university’s deep legacy.

Visitors were treated to a walking tour with the president, donors and the design team for the project. Ribbons were cut on the doors leading to the three refurbished areas. Along with a new look, the bar and restaurant areas got new names. The restaurant is now known as Dorothy’s Place, paying homage to Dorothy Hall, the historic university guesthouse, which is now the Kellogg. The newly dubbed Skegee Lounge features a unique marble top bar that is more efficient, making drink service faster.

Donor Roberta Jenkins said the changes to the hotel will benefit students studying hospitality and dietetics and said the facility can now serve as a laboratory and training ground with state-of-the-art equipment. Matthew Jenkins said he wanted the best for the renovations and encouraged a new service attitude to go with the Kellogg’s first class adornments.  He also urged others to give and help with future needed upgrades to the hotel.

“Jump on the team. Get behind it and push it,” Matthew Jenkins said. “We have a gem here… polish it.”

The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University's lobby and other areas received dramatic upgrades.

From left, Vicki Carter, designer; Kathy Webb, project manager; Roberta Jenkins, donor; Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon, (back row) John Inman, Kellogg general manager; Matthew Jenkins, donor; and (front row)Gen. Charles E. Williams, Tuskegee University Board of Trustees chair.

Designer Vicki Carter, donor Roberta Jenkins, Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon, project manager Kathy Webb and Kellogg general manager John Inman cut the ribbon to the Kellogg's main lobby.

One of the two private dining areas in Dorothy's Place.

Skegee Lounge now features more seating, contemporary decor, a new bar system and sound.

The marble top bar adds even more elegance to the lounge.










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