Advancing the Education of Young Architecture Graduates through Foreign Travel-Study

Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship Program 2011
Sustainable Food Center

This project is a hypothetical project located in Southern California City of Whittier. The project is located at the intersection of Bright Street and Philadelphia Street. The site is currently a city owned parking lot but was previously the site of a variety of buildings prior to the 1986 Whittier earthquake that destroyed many buildings throughout the downtown district. Some of the open sites have been restored but many remain as unoccupied lots. The site is surrounded by commercial properties that populate the Uptown District of Whittier.

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Site Dimensions: 140' x 350'
Site area: 49,000 s.f.
Zoning: Commercial (Permitted Use)
Specific Plan Designation: Anchor Retail/Pedestrian friendly district.
Height Restriction: 65'

Required Parking: None (Parking is to be located in adjacent public lots and parking structures.) Provide two spaces in the loading area for the care taker residence.)

Adjacent Building

Adjacent Street


Whittier, CA climate is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 70's and cool during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 50's. The warmest month of the year is August with an average maximum temperature of 89.40 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is December with an average minimum temperature of 47.30 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature variations between night and day tend to be moderate during summer with a difference that can reach 24 degrees Fahrenheit, and moderate during winter with an average difference of 22 degrees Fahrenheit.

The annual average precipitation at Whittier is 14.70 Inches. Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is February with an average rainfall of 3.62 Inches.

Normal Temperatures

Normal Precipitation


There is a strong interest and support for a city wide Farmers Market program that takes place on the site each Friday Morning. Currently as much as 50% of the site or roughly 20,000 s.f. are used each Friday for impromptu stands and booths for local farmers. The City of Whittier wishes to further support this effort in conjunction with local community groups and commercial supporters that promote and supply organic hydroponic gardening.

The goal is to emphasize and promote sustainable gardening and education for the general public to encourage sustainable nutritional practices. The successful solution will suggest sustainable construction technologies and passive environmental control systems. Recycled/renewable materials ad finishes will be important aspect of the evaluation of each solution.

The proposed program will include permanent sales space for local farmers, an educational program for organic gardening, demonstration kitchen for local cooking classes, a café, administrative offices, organic hydroponic greenhouse and a food bank to support local homeless individuals as well as providing emergency food for disaster relief.

Neighborhood Food Bank
The Food Bank provides dry and short term cold storage for donated food that comes to the bank from local markets, food supply companies and local farmers. Loading occurs off of the alley and is accessed by box trucks and a limited number of semi-tractor trailers. The larger trucks load directly from the alley without turning into the loading space. The general public that is served by the bank accesses the bank from the public street. Open M-Sat. 8:00am-4:00pm

Dry Storage 10,000 s.f.
Loading Dock/Service 500 s.f.
Cold Storage 4,000 s.f.
Public Lobby 300 s.f.
Administrative office 200 s.f.
Net Area 15,000 s.f.

Hydroponic Greenhouse
The green house may be located anywhere on the site that has access to sunlight. The area is given in cubic feet as the greenhouse can utilize racks/shelves to provide efficient use of space, water and access to sunlight.

Garden 400,000 cubic feet
Supply/Support 500 s.f.
Compost 200 s.f.

Farmers Market
The existing market will continue to operate each Friday morning and on Wednesday evenings in the temporary booth locations. The design should integrate these booths adjacent to the permanent booths. The market area should be accessible to the public street and constitute a pedestrian friendly public space. Support and loading should have access to the alley. M-Sat. 8:00am-4:00pm

Permanent Retail/Booths 10,000 s.f.
Temporary Booths 4,000 s.f.
Support/Loading/Trash 1,000 s.f.
Administrative Office 200 s.f.
Public Restrooms 300 s.f.
Net Area 15,500 s.f.

Organic Café
The café is a permanent part of the program and will offer a range of foods and beverages 7 days a week 8:00am-8:00pm.

Dining Room 1,500 s.f.
Kitchen 250 s.f.
Servery 150 s.f.
Storage 150 s.f.
Public Restrooms 200 s.f.
Net Area 2,250 s.f.

Organic Food Education Center
The education center provides gardening classes and food preparation classes to the general public. Courses are offered on weekday evenings and all day Saturday. The center may be located above ground level but access to the demonstration kitchen should be prominent and the kitchen itself should be a key feature of the design and readily accessible.

Administrative Office  
    Directors Office 150 s.f.
    Education Director 150 s.f.
    Reception/Administrator 120 s.f.
    Work room/files 200 s.f.
Gardening Classroom/Lab 1,500 s.f.
Nutrition Classroom/Lab 1,500 s.f.
Public Demonstration Kitchen  
    Food Preparation 200 s.f.
    Storage 100 s.f.
    Support 100 s.f.
    Public Seating 1,200 s.f.

Organic Gardening Supply Store
The supply store will be open throughout the week providing gardening supplies and support including literature and gifts supporting the facility.

Garden Store 1,200 s.f.

Care Takers Residence
The residence is to be located to maximize privacy and observation of the facility after hours. The care taker will be employed in gardening and maintenance of the entire program.

Residence 1,500 s.f.

Stage One:

Entrants shall up load a minimum of two and a maximum of four 20"x 20" jpgs (.jpg extension) images to the website at 150 dpi (3000 pixels x 3000 pixels.) Entries will be reviewed by they jury and a short list of between 4 and 6 finalists will be selected by the jury. The Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship will not respond to individual questions once the competition has started. Files must be up loaded by the deadline described on the website or they will not be considered with no exceptions. Do not put your name or other identifying markings on the presentation boards! Boards that are identifiable will be disqualified.

Stage Two:

Finalists will print out and mount their presentation boards on foam-core. Final presentation will be on the Campus at the California State Polytechnic University Pomona April 1, 2011. If a candidate chooses not to attend their entry will be disqualified.

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