New Culinary Center Takes the LEED

Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence Southern ViewPROVIDENCE, RI – April 11, 2011 – JWU’s Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence (CCCE) has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification, as established by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

One of the newest and most prominent facilities on the Harborside Campus of the university's expansive Providence Campus, the 82,000 square feet CCCE features a state-of-the-art environment specifically designed to accommodate the university's advanced culinary curriculum.

Designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates of Cambridge, Mass., the $42 million facility achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.

"The Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence symbolizes the high standards we demand in our College of Culinary Arts," says John J. Bowen '77, the university's chancellor.

A striking four-level structure with a transparent bank of floor-to-ceiling windows that provides direct views of the internal goings-on of one of the largest culinary schools in the world, the CCCE combines a sustainable design with hurricane-proof resistance, braced by columns that rest above 100 pilings sunk 110 feet below ground.

The university's commitment to urban revitalization has become its signature within each of the regions where it maintains a campus. In Providence, the university has spent $5 million —$600,000 of which was awarded by the US Environmental Protection Agency in Brownfield and clean-up grants — to develop its Harborside Campus, a former industrial property.

The campus' location along the Narragansett Bay offers some of the state's greatest vistas, and includes the recently completed two-acre Urban Coastal Greenway project, part of a larger 6.5 acre remediation of this area.

"With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC's vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” notes Rick Fedrizzi, the USGBC’s president, CEO and founding chair. "As the newest member of the LEED family, the Cuisinart Center is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement."