Teaching Kitchen at Cunningham Elementary School
Cunningham Elementary School was the founding campus for the Partners for Education Agriculture and Sustainability (PEAS) program, which now serves 19 campuses. The original garden has become a community center and valuable teaching tool for the campus. Cunningham Elementary was awarded an Emeril Lagasse Foundation grant for a new teaching kitchen, the 3rd teaching kitchen to be funded by the foundation. The 1,400 square-foot teaching kitchen is situated adjacent to the established garden. Students can pick vegetables from the garden, wash the produce in an outdoor sink on the covered deck, and bring their harvest inside to incorporate into a dish for the day’s lesson.
The project features three cooking stations outfitted with professional cooking equipment. One cooking station is equipped for daily cooking demonstrations or community events hosted by a local chef. Windows connect the kitchen interior to the adjacent garden. Windows of different shapes at varying heights give students of different ages and sizes unique views to their surroundings. A brightly-colored playful canopy covers a generous exterior deck, providing a transitional space between the garden and kitchen.
Design & Construction Facts
The building is a premanufactured envelope with a custom interior build out. The building design and systems were coordinated to premanufactured building standards to meet the client’s aesthetic and practical requirements.