Fundraising and design: Transforming a home economics lab into a Culinary Nutrition Center

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Abstract

Renovation is needed for an antiquated home economics lab in order to meet accreditation and regulatory standards. A $1.1 million project will transform an outdated food lab into a state-of-the-art Culinary Nutrition Center. Although food labs are expensive to operate and the expense to renovate can be cost prohibitive, studies indicate that food labs provide an opportunity to develop cooking skills which results in improved healthy eating behaviors. <br><br>The options for our Dietetics and Nutrition program were to: 1) partner with other academic programs that may have up-to-date facilities, 2) partner with the university’s dining services contractor, or 3) renovate the existing facilities. After reviewing the options, the decision to renovate the facility was made. This program partnered with its college advancement office to raise funds and collaborated with its office of plant engineering and planning to manage the project. This project also gave undergraduate interior design students an opportunity to create a vision for the space by applying classroom knowledge to a real-world scenario. <br><br>The objectives of the renovation were to incorporate sustainable design principles while (a) increasing capacity, (b) updating workstations, and (c) adding a cooking technology center. This poster session examines the fundraising and design practices used to transform an outdated food lab into a state-of-the-art Culinary Nutrition Center at a mid-size university. Are you renovating a food lab or designing one from scratch? This session will present program documents, blueprints, and renderings as well as tips on successful fundraising and design.<br>
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Oct 2019
EventFood & Nutrition Conference & Exposition - Philadelphia, PA
Duration: Oct 1 2019Oct 31 2019

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OtherFood & Nutrition Conference & Exposition
Period10/1/1910/31/19

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