Briley Commons gets a Modern Twist

In January 2019, students enrolled in our Entrepreneurial Studies class were presented with a challenge: Redesigning the existing Briley Commons that would be a comfortable yet contemporary environment for studying and gathering.

Students envisioned a space with comfortable laptop seating at a long counter space equipped with computer outlets; club chairs with built-in power and arranged in a circular fashion; larger tables for students to sit together as they work, and a coffee kiosk.

The School took the students' vision to the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation. In turn, the Foundation responded with a grant of $26,000 to execute their plan.
"The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation is proud to support an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to integrate theory and practical experience to demonstrate their learned skills," says Daniel Komansky, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. "The Silvians were not only known in their community for their business leadership but also for their friendship. The Briley Commons project touches upon both of these attributes through the students' application of concrete business skills to create a space for friends to connect and learn."
Prep students will run the coffee shop. They will earn an elective credit, and their time will be treated as a business class while they learn the ins and outs of running a business.
The Briley Commons refresh was completed in Fall 2020.