Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Culinary and Allied Health

Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • FIRM

    TowerPinkster

  • CLIENT

    Kalamazoo Valley Community College

  • AREA

    25,513 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $6,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    2/2016

The Culinary and Allied Health building was designed as part of an effort to support new and expanded program offerings at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s new Bronson Healthy Living Campus in downtown Kalamazoo. The facility is one of three new buildings, intended to provide students with the skills necessary to address interrelated issues of nutrition, mental and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMEckert Wordell, CSM Group, Prein&NewhofCOST PER SQ FT$235.00FEATURED IN2017 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas health, and sustainability.
Within the three-level Culinary and Allied Health Building are kitchens, classrooms and instruction spaces to support the College’s Sustainable Food Systems curriculum. Food and Health Studies and Culinary Arts courses focus on integrating the best practices of agriculture with the latest developments in culinary and food production research and technology.
A community kitchen was incorporated for outreach classes, as well as a tiered classroom for large-scale demonstration cooking seminars. Additionally, a health-focused café and restaurant space are featured on the main level, overlooking a restored habitat along the adjacent Portage Creek. The upper level, showcased with floor to ceiling glass, includes a large instruction area for students pursuing a certificate in sustainable brewing.