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Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus

The new Charlotte campus of Johnson & Wales University provides a state-of-the-art, $82 million culinary arts institute in this recently revitalized neighborhood. Students receive hands-on training in areas from retail store management to hospitality to food service in the new culinary arts instruction labs, classrooms, and   practicum spaces. The campus supports both academic and residential facilities, including university dormitory housing and other privatized housing development.

LS3P created the campus master plan, designed the 145,000 SF academic building, and designed the renovation of 30,000 SF of existing space for administrative and faculty offices.

Community support was the linchpin for the construction of the new campus. The mayor, Center City Partners, Bank of America, Chamber of Commerce, and local industry leaders all played key roles in supporting the development plan. LS3P led the team through a “solutions process” to build consensus and community, resulting in unified acceptance of the conceptual design proposals. To prepare for the charrette,   LS3P compiled a complete database for the campus assimilating the initial programming. The rapid start compressed the programming and conceptual design phase into a one-week process.

Location:  Charlotte, NC

SF:  175,000

Recognitions:  Brick Industry Southeast Region (Design with Brick President’s Award)

Photographers:  David Sundberg