The Culinary Arts Center designed by Susan Doban Architect, PC, for Monroe College in New Rochelle will receive a Best of 2007 Award from New York Construction magazine, a McGraw-Hill publication.

The Culinary Arts Center will be recognized in the small project category at the magazine’s Best of 2007 Awards Breakfast on December 13, 2007. The facility also will be featured in the publication’s 11th Annual Awards Issue in December.

“The overall goal of the project was to transform a former auto repair shop into a premiere culinary arts facility—from design through construction?in five months,” said Susan Doban, president of Susan Doban Architect, PC. “A hands-on collaborative approach among all the team members enabled us to meet our deadline and create a sleek, modern, state-of-the-art educational facility for Monroe College’s School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts.”

The former auto repair shop was completely gutted and major window openings were created to bring light and air into the facility. Instead of segmented classroom space, the Culinary Arts Center is open, much like the kitchens found in large food production facilities or hotels.

“The space is divided into four classroom/kitchen areas, including two a la carte kitchens, a third kitchen for banquet preparation, and a fourth for pastry preparation,” Ms. Doban said. “A dramatic sloped ceiling conceals ductwork and enables natural light to enter the space through the building’s most dramatic feature, a window wall that brings in light and also enlivens the adjacent courtyard, one of the few open spaces on the urban campus.”

The firm incorporated stainless steel kitchen equipment, recycled rubber flooring, and wall tiles to allow for easy maintenance. Bright accent colors, which reflect the palette of fresh fruits and vegetables and baked goods, are juxtaposed with the stainless steel characteristics of a commercial kitchen.

Ms. Doban’s firm worked as a team with food service consultants Clevenger Frable LaVallee of White Plains; Professor Luke Schultheis, Dean of The School of Hospitality Management & The Culinary Arts, and Professor Daniel Hinder, Director of Culinary Arts, to create a list of equipment and specifications for the interior of the school. Holt Construction Co. of Pearl River, New York, was the construction manager for the project.

Susan Doban Architect, PC is a Brooklyn-based architectural firm focused on new construction and adaptive reuse projects in the commercial, residential, and educational fields. For the award-winning Red Hook Stores Warehouse, a 230,000 square foot, Civil War era building in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the firm designed 45 apartments above Fairway Market. The Red Hook project received the Municipal Art Society of New York’s Masterwork Award for Best Neighborhood Catalyst in May 2007, and a 2007 Building Brooklyn Award in July 2007 from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in recognition of its design and economic impact on the borough of Brooklyn. The firm also designed the offices of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in a 19th Century building that originally housed a major department store, which received a 2004 Building Brooklyn award. In New Rochelle, the firm’s projects include the design of dormitories and an administrative building for Monroe College, the restoration of the facades on 19th Century structures on a model block on Main Street, and the creation of design standards for adjoining blocks, funded by the New York State Main Streets Initiative. The firm began its preservation work in the 1990s with the façade restoration of 485 Massachusetts Avenue, which received an award from the Cambridge Historical Commission for “outstanding achievement in historic preservation.” More information about Susan Doban Architect, PC is available at 718-797-1041 or www.susandoban.com.


Susan G. Doban, AIA, president of Susan Doban Architect, PC, and a vice chair of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, was the Keynote Speaker at the Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle’s Women of Excellence 6th Annual Awards Dinner on November 1, 2007. Ms. Doban’s firm has been responsible for transforming much of New Rochelle’s Main Street by designing dormitories, an administration building, and culinary arts facility for Monroe College, and restoring the facades of 19th Century storefronts for the local BID’s Model Block Project. Shown here are, left to right: Denise Lally, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle, Ms. Doban, and Marc Jerome, vice president of Monroe College.