The Adams 12 Culinary Arts Program project was the renovation of a portion of the existing school district office into a fully functioning kitchen designed for teaching business management in the food and beverage industry. Work involved selective demolition, extensive mechanical work, kitchen equipment, a new entry vestibule plus all normal TI trades.
The original structure had warehouse, conference and cafe space. Pinkard performed selective demolition of interior spaces in preparation for the buildout, and extensive concrete demo for grease traps and other underground plumbing.Mechanical work included the addition of multiple roof-top units, ductwork and exhaust hoods. A new structural steel and masonry vestibule was constructed for the new facility entry. Limited site work included new sidewalks and associated landscaping.
Pinkard worked closely with city and state inspectors to coordinate and mitigate overlapping jurisdictional authorities for electrical, sanitary sewer and plumbing inspections.Pinkard handled procurement and installation of all kitchen equipment, including ovens and stoves, sinks, walk-in freezers and coolers, a pizza oven/conveyer, slicers, prep and serving areas, a dish machine and other kitchen items.
The new facility is a full-service commercial instructional kitchen designed for career training in all phases of the food and beverage industry. Adams 12 School District, in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), administers the training as a part of the ProStart Program.
ProStart is a nationwide system of high school restaurant and food service courses linked with mentored work site experiences.