Harrison College, The Chef's Academy

Morrisville, North Carolina

  • FIRM

    Rowland Design

  • CLIENT

    Harrison College

  • AREA

    24,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $3,200,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    7/2011

Building on its outstanding success in Indianapolis, the Chef’s Academy wanted the new facility in North Carolina to exude a sense of efficiency, quality and value. Its siting in an office park pushes the facade and front door to the corner of a major intersection, concealing the student parking and delivery area from view. Topography and computer ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMA.J. Armstrong; John R. McAdams Company, Inc.; C. Rodney McComas, PE; James D. Simpson, PE; C&T DesiCOST PER SQ FT$133.33FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized led to a rooftop screen required by the city for the myriad mechanical units, but still leaves the opportunity for effective servicing of the equipment.

A central corridor efficiently organizes the program requirements of two kitchens with space for expansion, four classrooms and a student break area. Administrative offices front the building, and service spaces line the rear.

The building materials of brick and ground-face concrete block are both cost-effective and elegant in appearance because of careful consideration of coursing, texture and scale. The silver metal on the building exterior sets the stage for the state-of-the-art cooking equipment inside.