The Culinary Institute of America at Copia Strives for Sustainable Campus Perfection

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GraniteCrete is featured in the reflecting pool walkway at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia

In California, LEED certified buildings are becoming mainstream as businesses strive to lower their environmental impact, become more sustainable, and qualify for tax rebates while retaining higher property value. The Culinary Institute of America at Copia (CIAC) is no exception as the campus strives for sustainable perfection.The CIAC is located in Napa Valley, California and is the pinnacle destination for exploring the world of food and wine. “CIA at Copia is a first for The Culinary Institute of America, entirely dedicated to offering its innovative, industry-leading food and wine education and experiences to the public. It opens a window into what the CIA truly is: a visionary thought-leader and innovator in food and beverage, with world-class faculty and facilities,” said Thomas Bensel, managing director of CIA’s California campus. More specifically, the CIAC campus provides guests with daily cooking and beverage classes, wine tastings, art collections, restaurants, and community events.

The CIAC is a branch of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) culinary college. The CIA is led by Strategic Initiative Groups that work with other talented culinary institutes to assure that they are providing their guests and students with the best, and most relevant information in culinary related fields.

The Copia building was originally utilized by the Copia museum from 2001 to 2008. The CIA acquired the building in 2015 and redesigned the facility with sustainability in mind. The CIAC campus is a sustainable marvel that features various solar, water, and renewable material strategies in design. In addition, the campus prioritizes the management of storm water runoff and the mitigation of the urban heat island effect.

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GraniteCrete contributes to a serene setting at night at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia.

GraniteCrete’s paving aggregate binder was seen as the premium solution for their sustainable needs. GraniteCrete’s paving material is porous and reduces storm water runoff as storm water can pass straight through the material replenishing the water table. In addition, the light pigmentation of GraniteCrete has a high solar reflective index which mitigates the urban heat island effect, keeping the ground cool on hot days. GraniteCrete was also prioritized for this project as the sand color of the walkway complimented the amphitheater and the entrance to the facility where it was installed. When GraniteCrete is installed, it can provide up to 13 LEED credits for businesses striving to obtain their LEED building certification.The California Institute of America continues to demonstrate sustainable excellence, while offering the top culinary education and experience for their community.

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