Wednesday, October 6, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY--Garfield High School to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Culinary Arts and Events Center


Garfield High School to Celebrate Grand Opening of New Culinary Arts and Events Center

WHAT: Garfield High School is celebrating the grand opening of its new 3,200-square-foot culinary arts and events center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick-off the day's festivities.

WHO: Culinary arts students, instructor/chef Arlyn Hackett and Principal Jolie Picket. Board President Richard Barrera, Pickett and Hackett will be available for interviews.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Garfield High School 1255 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (Located at the corner of B St. and 16th). Structure and street parking are available.

CONTACT: Principal Jolie Pickett (619) 525-2059 (main school number)

BACKGROUND: On November 4, 2008, nearly 69 percent of the voters in San Diego passed the $2.1 billion general obligation bond measure, Proposition S, so that San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) could repair, renovate and revitalize more than 200 schools. The state-of-the art Culinary Arts and Events Center is one of 15 College, Career & Technical Education facilities being constructed under the Proposition S (local) and Proposition 1D (state) bond programs. It represents an investment of nearly $2 million into Garfield High School and the downtown community.

The culinary arts project transformed a 3,200-square-foot basement and nearby concrete amphitheatre/courtyard into a state-of-the-art, culinary arts kitchen and event center. In addition, the school's Science Department will maintain an on-site organic garden where students will learn how to grow and cook with produce from the garden. This College, Career & Technical Education project creates professional working environments for students while still in school. Besides the terraced, organic garden on the site's north side, key features of this facility include:

* Commercial-quality kitchen and serving line
* A lecture area
* Two dining and conference rooms with a view of the kitchen via glass walls
* Storefront windows and glass doors to connect the dining area with the courtyard
* A steel-shade shelter with a translucent canopy to shade the amphitheatre's courtyard

The project partners included Galvin Cristilli Parshalle Architects and M.A. Stevens Construction.

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Jennifer Cornelius
Facilities Communications Liaison
Communications Office, San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal Street, Room 2153
San Diego, CA 92103-2682
**Cell: (619) 301-1854**
Office: (619) 725-5562
Fax: (619) 725-7021
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