Arkansas State University-Newport held a ceremonial groundbreaking on its Jonesboro campus Aug. 1, to mark the onset of construction for the new Hospitality Services Education Building. 

The 11,820 square foot facility will be comprised of a 3,300 square foot state-of-the-art commercial training kitchen, 2,000 square foot dining space, food-service classroom, computer lab, physical/chemistry science lab, and support space.  Grounds include outdoor dining patio, green space, and parking. A one million dollar gift made by the Fowler family will endow the building, provide resources for equipping the facility and ensure quality educational opportunities for the food service industry of northeast Arkansas.  ASU-Newport will forward a request to the ASU Board of Trustees to name the building for the Fowler family.  Construction of the facility is to begin immediately and is expected to take eight months to complete.  Bailey Contractors, Inc. of Bono was the successful bidder on the project and will serve as general contractor.  Brackett-Krennerich Architects of Jonesboro was chosen as the design team for this project. Arkansas State University-Newport is a degree granting community college with campuses in Jonesboro, Marked Tree and Newport, Arkansas.  It is a part of the Arkansas State University System.