Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
Posted: 1-19-2017, 12:34 p.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Houston (Harris Co.) – The Houston Community College effort to relocate the Culinary Arts Center to the Central Campus has hit a few bumps along the way, but the project was rebid for subcontractors and still moving forward.
The Culinary Arts program outgrew its space at the 3100 Main Street campus some time ago and there have been plans to build a new facility for years. In February 2015, the HCC district announced that a new building was in the works and construction might begin as early as the summer of 2015. The district set aside $5.8 million to make that happen.
This is Project ID 2016-9101 at VBX and bids are due Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. The estimated project cost is $10.7 million. This is a 12-month construction schedule.
At the time, the district envisioned a 38,000-square-foot, two-story building with 50 parking spaces. Those numbers have changed, but the project site remain and it is bounded by Alabama Street, La Branch Street, Winbern Street and Austin Street.
The final designs refer to a slightly smaller structure at 32,121 square feet. The parking lot was reduced to 15 spaces.
In addition to the standard aesthetics landscaping, Clark Condon Associates has incorporated an herb garden so the cooks will have on-site fresh ingredients.
Elevation sketch of the new HCC Culinary Arts Center – design by Stantec
Stantec Architecture & Interior Design produced the architectural documents in association with NATEX Architects.
The site address is 1401 Alabama St. The block has served as a surface parking lot for the campus. The pavement was demolished in 2016 to make way for cast-in-place concrete foundation and floors.
This building will involve finish out of three of five culinary art laboratories. Two will be left as shell space to be finished later.
Spaces include a cooking/baking lab, a dining room/bar, a dish room, storage/receiving, computer labs, classrooms, a student lounge, locer rooms, faculty offices, conference rooms, a reception area.
The exterior will have face brick, decorative CMU and standard CMU. The bones of the superstructure will be of structural steel with steel joists, a steel floor and roof decking.
HCC Culinary Arts Center site plan.