GEC and George Brown College (GBC) recently partnered together to completed a refresh of the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at their St. James Campus in downtown Toronto. The new spaces include a modernization to their faculty offices, a renovation to the wine tasting and mixology labs at the St. James B-Building, and the complete redevelopment of three demonstration kitchens.
Hands-on, practical education is fundamental to GBC’s programs, and labs play a critical role in learning. The existing wine, mixology, and demonstration kitchen classrooms needed critical upgrades to improve performance, usability, flexibility, and utility to serve in-person, hybrid, and remote learning. These spaces will be leveraged to support broader educational efforts, with programs and content available to the public and industry. New faculty offices feature flexibility with touch-down workspaces, more collaboration spaces, and private meeting rooms.
All renovations at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts occurred under full building operations through a clear, construction sequencing plan, a highly responsive approach to contract administration services, and careful attention to equipment lead times.