Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, Auburn University
Cooper Carry is designing a new 115,000 SF center located on the edge of campus and Auburn's historic downtown. The center will serve as an academic resource for students interested in food and beverage or hospitality-focused careers, providing access to real-world learning experience. The center will support the nascent culinary science and hospitality program to connect good food and hospitality to personal well-being and development.
The project is a complex compilation of multiple building types that include a five-diamond hotel, teaching restaurant, bakery, incubator center, culinary classrooms, instructional laboratories, spa, functioning rooftop garden, food hall, cafe, courtyard and concierge-style hotel suites as well as collaborative spaces. Given the site's proximity to downtown Auburn, the project has carefully considered urban planning impact and will connect academics and commerce.
An important part of the center is to provide promising culinary graduates the opportunity to create a startup for their restaurant concept. Auburn will sponsor these students in the two incubator stalls. If their concepts become successful they can graduate into a larger stall, an on-campus location or an off-campus restaurant.