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The Art Institute

Art Institute Art Institute

2110 Water Ridge Parkway
Charlotte, NC


7,500 sf

Education Management Corportion

What's cooking?

Through a competitive process, Tyler 2 was chosen to convert the former Microsoft headquarters in LakePointe into a fabulous culinary educational facility, capable of motivating the most green of aspiring chefs. The first phase was completed in 2001. The second phase, the addition of a culinary program, was completed the following year. All told, Tyler 2 renovated 30,000 sf of space artfully designed by EDMC Facilities division.

The challenge:

Great art takes time, but artists (and construction companies) don’t always have that luxury. Sometimes, greatness has to be achieved in a shrunken time span. The Art Institute’s culinary arts program was slated to begin in the fall of 2002. The construction documents and permitting process were completed that July, leaving only seven weeks to construct complex commercial kitchens and teaching labs.

The end result:

Tyler 2 worked diligently with the client’s kitchen equipment and food service suppliers to ensure their scope of work was meshed into the tight construction schedule. The project was delivered, fully operational, in time for the first class of culinary students. Now, that’s fast food. And with an artful presentation.

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