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George Brown College - Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts


Designed by Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.

George Brown College's storefront property at 215 King Street East was fully renovated to emerge as the Chef School's signature, street-front restaurant - The Chefs' House. The historical and character-rich building is used to advance the students' Real Time Learning. A dramatic chef-centred identity for the restaurant was achieved by locating and displaying the open kitchen and food preparation area in the corner window and entrance way.

The heritage building features a glass-canopied entrance leading into an open kitchen and 70-seat dining room on street level. The building also has a private dining room with capacity for parties of up to 16 guests located on the lower level. There are also six new smart classrooms (two classrooms on each of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors). Occupancy sensors were used throughout the classrooms, hallways, washrooms, and service rooms for an energy-efficient lighting system.

S + A Services Included:


This five floor heritage building has been equipped with completely new mechanical systems. Three roof mounted air conditioning units supply air conditioning and ventilation air to the building. The restaurant and classroom areas are controlled by variable air volume (VAV) boxes, with the classroom boxes being fan-powered to maintain adequate air flow at all times. The ground floor kitchen is equipped with eight kitchen exhaust hoods. The kitchen exhaust is collected and exhausted from a kitchen exhaust fan located on the roof.

All distribution ductwork, VAV boxes etc., have been carefully coordinated with the structure to maximize ceiling heights. The building boasts new plumbing systems to serve the kitchen equipment and redesigned washrooms, as well as a new boiler plant serving the heating system. The building is also fully protected by a wet sprinkler system.


The electrical services included the complete design of the power distribution, lighting, lighting controls and fire alarm systems. The power distribution for the building was designed with a new customer owned substation utilizing a dual radial feed from Toronto Hydro 13.8kV distribution. The main electrical room is located at the penthouse level, where the power is transformed down to 600V to feed all the major mechanical equipment. The power distribution is further transformed down to 120V throughout the building to feed all the plug and lighting loads. The lighting system is designed utilizing energy efficient fluorescent lights and occupancy sensors. Dimming control panels were used in the restaurant areas to provide enhanced controllability of the lighting system to provide varying "scenes" and ambience required for dining room settings. The fire alarm system utilized a two-stage addressable system with horns throughout.


Services included collaboration with the college's information technology (IT) representatives and the design of a structured cabling infrastructure to support delivery of Internet protocol (IP) voice and data services to offices and classrooms throughout the facility. The design also included Category 6 horizontal cable distribution, as well as a multimode fiber optic backbone cable system.


Toronto, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 26,000 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 6,000,000

Completion Year