Baker Culinary School Cooking

September 26, 2007
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MUSKEGON — The Baker College of Muskegon has announced plans for a state-of-the-art culinary school in downtown Muskegon that will be roughly twice the size of the facility first announced late last year.

On Tuesday, the college’s board approved a plan that will relocate the culinary arts program to a 39,000-square-foot stand-alone facility at the former Muskegon Mall site in downtown Muskegon. The cost of land acquisition, construction, infrastructure, furnishings and equipment is estimated at $11 million. Groundbreaking is scheduled for early spring 2008, and the building is expected to be ready for fall 2009 classes.

“We are truly bringing the culinary arts school of the future to Baker College,” said Alex Erdmann, dean of culinary arts. “Our vision is to build a facility that can accommodate substantial growth and enhance Baker’s position as a leader in culinary arts education. When the facility is complete, it will be unique to the Midwest and compare favorably to the best schools in the country.”

Muskegon-based Clifford Buck Construction Co. Inc. is the project’s general contractor. Bosma Architects & Associates, also of Muskegon, designed the building.

The culinary arts program was launched in 1997 when Baker moved to its present location at 1903 Marquette Ave. Today it has 300 students.

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