Immaculata University – Nazareth Hall Food Science Lab Renovations

Immaculata, PA

Long known for their excellence in Home Economics, Nutrition, and Dietetics programs, Immaculata University sought the professional design services of Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates for the complete renovation of their Food Science Labs. Located in Nazareth Hall, the University’s Food Science Lab had not received upgrades since the late 1970’s. The goals of the project were not only to bring the facility up to modern day kitchen standards, but also provide complete ADA accessibility. The space is outfitted with four student cooking stations, one of which was designed to be fully barrier free and include an adjustable hybrid induction cook top along with an accessible wall oven, counter and prep sink.

The lab serves numerous functions throughout the academic year including; day to day lectures, experimental cooking classes, general nutrition classes, and banquet style receptions. With these functions in mind, the design was focused around complete flexibility within the space. Storage and student cooking stations are located along the perimeter of the room, leaving the center space completely open to lecture, group. or buffet style table arrangements. A mobile demonstration stations, with a remote A/V system can broadcast live video feeds and instructions to flat panel monitors located at each student prep area, thus allowing complete flexibility in educational settings and size.

Other amenities within the lab include; a “quick-wash” industrial dishwasher with two minute cycles, built-in stainless refrigerator and freezer units, hybrid induction electric range ovens, ceiling mounted stainless range hoods, drawer style microwaves, double basin prep sinks, and walk-in pantry closets.


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