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JCCC Culinary Academy

  • Client

    • Johnson County Community College
  • Project Type

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2013
  • Area

    • 32,503 ft²
  • Cost

    • $11,539,911

Design Achievement - The Hospitality Management and Culinary Academy at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is home to one of the most elite culinary programs in the United States. DLR Group's design creates a landmark on the JCCC campus and uses transparency, both inside and out, to expose student work, create awareness, and spark an interest in the culinary program. Prior to building a new facility, the culinary program was tucked away in a general classroom building, hidden from the majority of the student population. This new facility celebrates JCCC's award-winning program and puts all aspects of culinary and hospitality education on display. The building is organized around a linear lobby which provides views into all cooking labs. Glass walls allow students to show off their culinary skills, which routinely garner regional, national and international recognition. The wide, day lit lobby acts as the student lounge and provides a space for interaction between students, chefs, instructors, and the larger community of JCCC and Overland Park, Kan.

Scope Summary - The 36,000 SF building features five cooking labs: Cooking 1, Cooking 2, Bakery, Garde Manger, and a Restaurant Kitchen. In addition there is a tiered floor culinary theater with seating for 75 people, library, computer lab, two classrooms, central stores/storage, and instructor office space. The building is organized around a central lobby that acts as a gathering space for student/chef/instructor interaction. The lobby spills out to an outdoor seating plaza that is used by students between classes. Following the great BBQ tradition of Kansas City, the curriculum includes outdoor cooking with a patio for grilling and smoking. The building is designed to LEED-Silver Certification. All food waste is being sent to a campus wide composting station. DLR Group provided planning and architecture services for the project.

JCCC Culinary Academy

Johnson County Community College