Mitchell Hall, a $34.5 million project for Columbus State Community College, is set to double the enrollment capacity (to more than 1,500 students) for the school’s Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts program when it opens this fall.
The new 80,000-sf building features seven teaching kitchens, a 100-seat, full-service teaching restaurant and bar, a bakery and cafe, a 600-person conference center, a 100-seat culinary theater, a beverage and mixology lab, classrooms, and support spaces.
The building’s entry and exit point is the Culinary Hub, a three-story, sky-lit space that will also be a center of activity. The Culinary Hub is surrounded by first-floor dining, a bakery, and on-display kitchens with a variety of formal and casual exterior spaces for dining and studying. A covered outdoor classroom with outdoor cooking equipment and casual seating options will also sit adjacent to the Culinary Hub.
The teaching kitchens, teaching restaurant, and mixology lab all have large-scale windows that look out at the surrounding landscape and Columbus skyline. The culinary theater and conference room will set up Mitchell Hall to welcome guests outside of the school’s program and act as an engagement hub to address issues surrounding quality nutrition, food insecurity, and community education.