College of the Canyons - Santa Clarita, CA
The new Institute for Culinary Education - iCUE is a vibrant and integral part of the College's South Commons, and of the Campus as a whole. As students, faculty and guests stroll down the Campus’ central green boulevard, they are rewarded with a welcome respite from the intensity of Campus life when they pass the iCUE’s contemporary dining terrace, awash in the aroma of fine cuisine, the adjacent herb garden with its gentle Mediterranean aromas or the minimally irrigated vineyard dissipating the hot summer heat with a wave of green leaves.
The iCUE’s instructional programs are organized around the 150-seat main dining room, and comprise 12,000 square feet of teaching space, including a wine study classroom, a savory/garde-manger kitchen, a savory kitchen, a demonstration kitchen, a culinary laboratory, a sweets kitchen, and supporting spaces such as faculty offices and service rooms.
In addition to its academic functions, the iCUE is providing the College and the community gathering and interaction opportunities.
Sustainability was paramount in the selection of building materials such as single-ply PVC cool roofing, recycled flooring and wall covering, reclaimed wood paneling, LEDs interior lighting, natural day-lighting with sun control and shading devices.
The building’s success is directly linked to the transparency of the spaces; from the main dining room guests are observing food preparation through glass partitioned walls; the simplicity and transparency of the iCUE’s “main volume” underline an elegant sophistication that mirror and enhance the College’s culinary goals and expectations for the instructional program.