The Culinary and Multipurpose Building houses two functions whose synergy constitutes a significant focal point for Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Adding to the universal amenity that this project will provide, it is situated in the heart of the campus and at the juncture of major east-west and north-south pedestrian activity. The approved design concept distributes the program over two levels to provide efficient building envelope and instructional footprint. This adjustment was used as an opportunity to improve operational adjacencies.
The major program components include a state-of-the-art facility for the esteemed Culinary Arts program that will greatly enhance teaching of culinary arts, with specialized teaching/demonstration labs, general classrooms, faculty offices, that in tandem with a production kitchen and retail operations will serve the dining needs of the campus community as well as catering college events.
The second significant program component is the Associated Students Organization (ASO), whose location within this facility will greatly expand the capabilities to host events and activities that promote quality student centered programs, services, and involvement opportunities which celebrate diversity, promote retention, and foster leadership, civic engagement and student development.
Each program component can operate autonomously with individual entrances. A common lobby and support facilities component are shared, as well as an open dining/lounge area that can house major campus events. This space will be grand in scale but will be able to be re-configured with moveable partitions to accommodate simultaneous events.
Another key design objective of the project was for the daily operations of the culinary program to serve as a showcase for the broader campus community. The main level contains the functions that most heavily engage the campus community on a daily basis and includes the ASO, lounge and dining facilities. Each are highly visible spaces that straddle the main pedestrian thoroughfares of the campus. Generous building overhangs combined with openable window walls, will provide program integration with outdoor areas when desired. The adjacent plaza created by the location of the building will also be able to house major campus and community events.
The upper level will include instructional labs, lockers, the general education classrooms, faculty offices. This level will be open to the areas below via a series of mezzanines to provide a strong visual and functional connection between the two levels.
The roof will be a combination of flat areas to accommodate the large amount of equipment necessary for the building and the light reflectance needed for LEED points as well as a highly expressive folding ribbon that wraps the building in a way to tie together the disparate building functions and integrate this building into the surrounding campus context.