While sitting down at the Winter Garden Cafe, creativity can be clearly seen all around. Art and fashion students are busy learning and creating works of art at the new Steel Plant. The building is already bustling with students and teachers, just one month after its grand opening. Home to classes for art and fashion, the newest building at Marist College fosters creativity with its modern, industrial and sleek architecture.
“I’m very excited about the Steel Plant opening,” says Fashion Merchandising major, Jessica Flatley. “The space is so beautiful and I love that both fashion and art students now have the ability to share this building – which is a great, creative space.” Many students share Flatley’s excitement about the new Steel Plant. Both Flatley and Lily Horowitz, also a Fashion Merchandising major, said they look forward to going to class everyday at the Steel Plant. Horowitz believes the building creates a great learning environment, due to the natural lighting and open space.
As well as creative and inspiring architecture, the new building also houses computer labs, design studios, art studios and an art gallery. The building truly enhances learning with the latest technology and large work spaces. It is inspiring just watching fellow students work and produce pieces of art. Students have the ability to demonstrate their skills by utilizing the building’s features. Collective by Mporium, the student run brand at Marist College, has also opened a storefront at the Steel Plant. Completely managed by students, individuals can apply the skills learned in the classroom and gain valuable experiences. Buying, visual merchandising, branding and selling are just a few of the tasks students conduct at the chic store.
In addition to Fashion and Art majors, students from all schools can utilize the calm and refreshing space. Located at the center of the Steel Plant, the Winter Garden Cafe offers breakfast sandwiches, snacks and coffee from North River Roasters, a Poughkeepsie-based coffee company. Students can grab a quick bite, study, or just meet up with friends while enjoying the Steel Plant.
As students work diligently, live plants filter the air and fresh light penetrates the windows. The new Steel Plant is clearly a trendy spot on campus, just one month after its grand opening. Students from all majors are thrilled about the new Steel Plant. “The building is obviously a great addition to the Marist Campus,” Flatley says.