American River College Culinary Arts4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841
Design Achievement – The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program at American River College is one of the most respected culinary arts programs in Northern California. DLR Group's design for the modernization and expansion of the Culinary Arts facilities supports the college's program excellence with an environment that fosters real-world learning experiences. New kitchen labs, a restaurant, and a retail bakery provide high-tech spaces that reflect the professional work environment. These spaces are interconnected and transparent to foster instructor-student-visitor interaction that directly enhances the learning experience. The building design creates a beacon for a new gateway onto the campus. To create a clear entry statement and a sense of place for visitors, a new entry and lobby take on the abstract form of an oak tree, with elements branching into the interior and reflecting growth rings. Click here for a video about ARC's program and the new facility.
Scope Summary – The scope of this project added 13,600 SF to the culinary arts building and an additional 6,000 SF of existing space was modernized to successfully unify the entire Fine Arts Complex at American River College. Prior to the expansion, the teaching facility and café were small and inadequate, restricting the number of students who could enter the program. The modernization and addition expanded both the academic components of the program and the dining capacity for the Oak Cafe, a 4-star restaurant that is serviced by culinary students. The new building consists of lecture, lab, office storage, a restaurant and retail bakery spaces, and additional space to accommodate growth in the program. DLR Group provided integrated programing, architecture, engineering, and interior design services.