JACOBSON CULINARY ARTS ACADEMY
Tarpon Springs, FL
Completed March 2009
The Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy is an 11,600 SF freestanding, one-story addition to the Tarpon Springs High School campus-serving students from 9th through 12th grade.
The facility was designed with a separation of “front of the house” (public spaces) and “back of the house” (student classrooms) with central corridor acting as a simple organizing spine. Transparency is a theme using glass walls throughout the facility allowing a visual flow of almost all spaces. This also allows tours of the facility without disrupting classes, as well as providing a high level of passive security with the ability to easily monitor all spaces. As this facility operates primarily during daylight hours, day lighting plays a strong part. With clerestory light washing into the central corridor and kitchens, joyful spaces are created. Exterior windows in all the kitchens and main dining room also give a balanced light to the corridor. All are well protected by external shading devices.
All materials were carefully selected for efficient long-term maintenance of a high school culinary facility. With the possibility of future expansion, the design incorporated the capability of adding a new dining room, with the current dining room becoming a third kitchen classroom.