Central Virginia Community College, School of Culinary Arts

Lynchburg, Virginia




Virginia Community College System


4,064 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Central Virginia Community College’s School of Culinary Arts was planned as a teaching facility, but it evolved as a unique "gathering place" for students to explore, experience and learn about the ways to prepare exceptional food.

The primary teaching spaces feature a state-of-the-art kitchen, classroom and prefunction spaces, where demonstration meals are served in a restaurant setting. A wonderful, thematic etched glass wall separates the classroom from the serving space.

Complementing the existing campus, the new building blends seamlessly into the surrounding architectural vernacular, especially with its pallete of exterior materials, yet the form establishes its own unique identity. The sloping roof overhangs provide shading on the east and south where there is exterior glass.

The existing landscape of the college green is mature and is abound with ginkgo trees, which frame and enhance the location of the building.

Green initiatives also are used on the site. Permeable paving from the existing hardscape enables the building to "float" in the green space while providing stormwater management and service access.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Foodesign Associates, Inc.



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2012 Architectural Portfolio

Product suppliers specified

Lighting & Accessories by Sea Gull Lighting
Flooring by American Olean
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Movable Partitions/Walls by Kawneer
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Sloan Valve
Lighting & Accessories by Progress Lighting
Security Systems by Stanley
Lounge Furniture by Brayton
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Accessories by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Josam
Washroom Fixtures by Chicago Faucets
Communications Systems by Honeywell
Carpet by Patcraft
Flooring by Amorim Flooring
Flooring by Altro
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Roofing by UNA-CLAD
Office Furniture by Humanscale
Office Furniture by Steelcase
HVAC Units by Trane
HVAC Control Devices by Greenheck
Lockers by Bradley Corporation
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