2018 Commercial Design Awards
Creative interiors stood out to a trio of judges who selected the winners in our annual Commercial Design Awards program.
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Madison College Culinary Training Center
Best New Development or Renovation – Education
With interest in the culinary world gaining traction here, Madison College decided to expand local educational and professional opportunities with its new Culinary Training Center. Little did they know that its interior design someday would please the palates of architects.
The culinary center, an addition to the Gateway Welcome Center on Madison College’s Truax Campus, helps the college increase enrollment for certain degree-seeking programs and expand offerings to accommodate more continuing-education students.
The newly designed space has enabled the program to grow from an offering of five first-year student labs to 10, and it is expected to serve approximately 1,000 people daily with an updated look and state-of-the-art kitchens in which to practice their cooking skills.
Cooking labs were constructed with more individual workspace and include equipment reminiscent of what students would experience in modern commercial kitchens. Technology was incorporated into the design to allow cooking activities to be broadcast so students from across the country can take part in culinary competitions.
Various green-built features were incorporated into the project’s construction. HVAC and lighting systems were designed with sophisticated occupancy programs and sensors to control energy usage, and lighting controls can detect the amount of outside lighting and dim interior lighting accordingly. Materials were locally sourced to minimize the project’s carbon footprint.
One CDA judge, noting Madison’s growing role in the culinary arts, says it’s no accident that one of the best new educational venues is actually a culinary training center. “This is one of the other ingredients in positioning Madison as a leader in the culinary scene,” he notes, “and it will set standards that are in line with what the restaurant community is doing. They are taking great care in both the form and function and paying attention to both the production and consumption sides of food service.”
Location: 1701 Wright St., Madison, WI 53704
Owner/Developer: Madison College
General Contractor: J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Architect/Interior Design: Assemblage Architects
Engineers: Henneman Engineering (plumbing, fire protection, and electrical); Pearson Engineering LLC (HVAC)
Consultants: E.F. Whitney Inc.
Photography: Harper Fritsch
Completion Date: May 2017