Johnson & Wales University

The LS3P solutions process built consensus and community resulting in unified acceptance of the conceptual design proposal for this dramatic new culinary arts program. The university drives economic growth and continues to be a renewable source of intellectual capital. Community support was the linchpin for the new campus. The mayor, Center City Partners, Bank of America, Chamber of Commerce, and local industry played key roles in supporting the development plan for the campus. To prepare for the charrette, LS3P compiled a complete database for the Gateway campus that assimilated the initial programming. The rapid start compressed the programming and conceptual design phase into a one-week process.

The Johnson & Wales University Charlotte campus is within an urban mixed-use development, Gateway Village, and lies along one of Charlotte’s premier business streets. LS3P provided campus master planning and design of the 145,000 SF academic facility and 30,000 SF upfit of existing space for administrative offices and the library. The key elements use a signature bell tower, the incorporation of the parterre lawn into a traditional university courtyard, and areas to receive pre- and post-function spillout from the main auditorium and for special events. Street level storefronts showcase the most interesting culinary labs of chocolate, pastry, and bread and face Trade Street, the main public thoroughfare in the precinct.