Boston, Massachusetts Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading construction management company, completed the development of Future Chefs’ new location for its youth empowerment and culinary education program at Clarion, located at 305 Blue Hill Ave.
Designed by Kennard Architects, Shawmut constructed the 5,750 s / f first floor space to create an open and flowing home for future chefs, where the organization uses positive youth development and a learning model based on work to engage adolescents and provide life skills and knife training. Using cooking as a medium, Future Chefs provides young people with career development and mentoring to help them develop a life plan after high school. The large training kitchen is the focal point of the space, surrounded by individual classrooms, a small cooking line and kitchenette, a dishwashing room, a conference room and a locker.
“Building on our relationship that started early in our organization, Future Chefs and Shawmut Design and Construction envisioned a space where we could advance our mission and do our work in a beautiful, high quality space,” said the executive director, Toni Elka. “Our values align and we appreciate Shawmut’s investment in Future Chefs and in the community.”
Future Chefs’ new home is an industrial-style, light and bright space with a glass showcase that surrounds one side of the building. The tiling on the walls and sealed concrete floors are juxtaposed with glazed brick and a high-end cooking line. Exposed mechanical, engineering and plumbing units are installed in the ceiling, with Autex Acoustics 3D “cloud” suspended ceiling panels providing visual interest and noise control.
Throughout the space, design details are inspired by culinary tools. Inspired by a spatula, the long cantilevered reception desk was made by Kennard Architects through the crafting of surfboards and the exploration of boat building techniques. The office divides where it meets the wall and continues on either side, half into a conference room and the other along the entry hallway.
The workout kitchen is open plan with plenty of natural light and includes a characteristic garage door that leads to an additional workout room. In the kitchen is a demonstration island made from structural glazed brick, and the student workstations each include a hanging cord reel for equipment.
“Shawmut and Future Chefs have a long-standing partnership that dates back to the construction of its headquarters in Boston,” said Kevin Sullivan, executive vice president of Shawmut Design and Construction. “To work again with our friends at Future Chefs to create a first-class learning environment for its culinary program, knowing the positive impact it will have on its students, is a great honor.
Shawmut built Future Chefs’ former headquarters at 560 Albany St. in 2012. Together, the two companies were named the 2013 “Corporate Citizenship Partner of the Year” by the Boston Business Journal.
Shawmut Design and Construction is a national construction management company renowned for delivering extremely complex and logistically demanding projects to the industry’s most prestigious clients. As an ESOP company (owned by its employees), Shawmut has created a culture of ownership. 80% of its activity comes from loyal customers, proof of a strong desire to build lasting partnerships.