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Regional Learning Alliance Opens Conference Center Central Break Station

October 8, 2012

The Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) spent the summer months making some great changes to our Atrium/Lobby. When you visit again, you will notice these changes as you walk through our main doors. We have relocated our front desk and have added even more open space to our large Atrium, by building a Conference Center Central Break Station (formerly the vending café).  This new Central Break Station replaces the mobile stations we have used since opening in 2004. It offers more automated options, which will save our guests time as they select from even more morning and afternoon break items. The space features additional tables for seating, and an open area with enough space for large groups to dine and mingle. For more information on the RLA food services, visit the dining page.

The new front desk location offers better visibility to our guests and students. The large room behind the new front desk location is now a Lounge and Vending area. This room still features tables for studying, overflow dining, and more. You will also notice the entire atrium, and the open gathering areas throughout the building, now have all new furnishings, as well as interesting custom-made art pieces.  With the addition of numerous bar-height tables throughout the Atrium, the space is more conducive to morning and afternoon snack breaks, daily dining, and the overall flow of traffic through the building.

Our atrium public access computers have been relocated as well and are now found in the area under the grand staircase.  We hope you find these improvements as impressive as we do. "We're always striving to be the national leader in what we do. After two years of extensive benchmarking around the country, we are now in the beginning process of implementing these and many more exciting new custom features to our campus," says Dr. Justin Griffith, Executive Director and General Manger of the RLA. "Our development is an ongoing effort. Our vision is a work in progress and our goals are centered on providing the very best learning and meeting environment possible.”

New machines to dispense coffee, milk and creamer, water, juice, and flavored water were installed a few weeks ago.  The food items, like spinach and artichoke dip, coffee cake, and fresh fruit, is served to the right of the machines.  A drink cooler has also been installed, and will contain bottled waters and canned sodas.  The space features additional tables for seating, and an open area with enough space for large groups to dine and mingle.

With the addition of numerous bar-height tables throughout the Atrium, the space is more condusive to morning and afternoon snacks, daily dining, and the overall flow of traffic through the building.  "We're always trying to update our facility in order to best serve our client's needs," says Dr. Justin Griffith, Executive Director and General Manger of the RLA. "There wasn't a break station located in that corner of the building.  The new break station is much more convenient for all our guests."

In addition to convenience, this renovation will allow the RLA to set-up more buffet lunches in the Atrium for groups who have a minimum of 25 attendees and request their own buffet.

For more information on the RLA food services, visitin the dining page.

About The Regional Learning Alliance

The Regional Learning Alliance is the Greater Pittsburgh area's breakthrough learning and conferencing facility, and the nation’s largest collaborative college campus. The LEED certified green building, located in Cranberry Woods, is exclusively designed to host training seminars, business meetings, planning sessions, board meetings and conferences. The Complete Meeting Package includes flexible meeting space, IT/AV meeting needs, ergonomic furniture design, abundant food service options, and a professional staff willing to assist in managing any event. Additionally the facility offers college students the best of a traditional college campus, with the modern amenities of a first-class executive training center. Please visit our Web site, www.theRLA.org to learn more.

Contact: Kristina Smith Kristina@theRLA.org | 724.741.1025