March 4th, 2013
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal has awarded the LA Mission College Culinary Arts Institute the 2013 commercial real-estate award for best hospitality project. The publication had the following to say about the project:
"The Culinary Arts Institute houses three LAMC program components: Culinary Arts Program/campus dining facilities, the Bookstore, and general classrooms and faculty offices. This project provides a state-of-the-art facility for the teaching of culinary arts along with a fully operational kitchen to serve the dining needs of the campus community as well as college events. The bookstore/merchandizing facility greatly expands the retail operations for the campus community. Although there is a common lobby space, each component is accessed and operated independently. The project distributes the program functions over three levels as a reaction to its compact site. This physical characteristic is used as an opportunity to not only improving operational efficiencies but also preserving open space. The height impact of the third level is minimized by taking advantage of a natural change of grade across the site which allows the creation of a semi-enclosed basement level containing modular teaching/demonstration kitchens for the culinary arts program, storage rooms and a delivery receiving area."