Posted: June 6, 2019 | Projects
Summit High School serves grades 9 through 12 as the sole secondary school of the Summit Public School District of Summit, NJ. As the District’s Architect-of-Record, EI Associates recently assisted Summit Public Schools with the renovation and conversion of an outdated consumer science classroom into a new culinary arts classroom.
Photo Courtesy of EI Associates, Architects & Engineers, P.A.
The culinary arts classroom provides a modern, commercial kitchen aesthetic with a design and finishes worthy of a Food Network stage set. Students are grouped around four “workstations”, each featuring its own gas range, double sink and dishwasher. The student workstations are configured as a large, contiguous ‘U’ shaped kitchen island located along the perimeter of the classroom. The center of the classroom is designed as an open, flexible area to accommodate movable, stainless steel bar-height tables and stools.
Teachers have their dedicated workstation, located near the front of the classroom, in which to perform instructional demonstrations and lectures. To stir up an appetite, vision panels are installed in the wall between the classroom and the corridor student lounge that allow outside viewing of all cooking activities. Monitors are used to display demonstrations to the students and visitors making cooking and meal preparation an entertainment art form. The culinary arts classroom embraces a “commercial kitchen” aesthetic, but maintains a residential standard. The room finishes are functional and durable while incorporating bright colors, quartz counters, dark maple cabinetry, epoxy flooring along with stainless steel appliances and work tables. Epoxy floor and wall finishes are bright in color and provide a lively, hard-wearing surface. Blue accent wall and ceiling trim colors reflect the blue colored appliances and provide an expressive and cohesive interior design.
Each gas-fired range is equipped with a Type 1 stainless steel range hood ducted to the exterior of the building. Each hood is also equipped with an automatic fire suppression system. A new roof-top exhaust fan was installed to handle the new range hoods. The range hoods also required the installation of a makeup air unit on the roof, ducted back down into the culinary arts classroom. Commercial standalone refrigerators and a freezer were provided as part of this project. A new dry pantry room was repurposed from the former photography lab office area which adjoins the new culinary arts classroom.
The new culinary arts classroom and its built-in audio visual features provide an exciting, modern culinary focus to Summit high school. The project was completed in December of 2018 on budget and was ready for occupancy in January of 2019.
Entrances & Storefronts: Gensteel Doors
Flooring: Allied Construction Technologies + Palma, Inc.
Lighting: H.E. Williams
Architect, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers
EI Associates, Architects & Engineers, P.A.
8 Ridgedale Avenue
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
81 Lester Street, #2
Wallington, NJ 07057
Date Bid: Apr 2018
Construction Period: May 2018 to Dec 2018
Total Square Feet: 2,100
Number of Buildings: One; classroom, seating 16.
Building Sizes: First floor, 2,100; total, 2,100 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’2”; total, 13’2”.
Basic Construction Type: Classroom Renovation/IB.
Exterior Walls: N/A
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.