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In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on the Grand Strand Campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College, stands the new International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach. This new facility is an expansion to the College’s culinary arts program and provides world class resources for culinary arts education.

As the designer, the College selected Architect S. Derrick Mozingo, Jr., AIA, of Mozingo + Wallace Architects, LLC. Mozingo had completed several other successful projects for the school so he was familiar with the College’s vision.  He chose to add LS3P as a design consultant to his team due to their experience in similar projects. Kelly Gilreath, a Senior Interior Designer at LS3P, was chosen as the lead designer from LS3P for the interiors.

Within the new facility, Mozingo and Gilreath were charged with creating interior spaces to stir the senses. As the Architect, Mozingo’s design vision was a pristine, crisp modern building meant to simulate the sharp, clean look of a chef in a white jacket. The building style differentiates itself from the rest of the campus which is built in classic red brick. As a result, the new facility has become the visual centerpiece of the College’s Grand Strand Campus. The articulation of the building components and materials results in a visually expressive structure. Signature forms are the circular, translucent shapes of the demo kitchen auditorium on one end and the conference area on the other. As Mozingo describes, “The conference corner of the building mimics a chef’s hat and when it illuminates at night. The building facade is spectacular.”

Kelly comments, “One of the main interior areas serves as a demonstration auditorium for chefs.  We wanted to create a ‘space appealing to the senses’ since the culinary arts are all about delighting them.  The auditorium is round, so we created a large flame-like laminate structure in tones of gold, red and orange to replicate the activity of stirring a hot pot over an open flame.  This structure, set against a white backdrop, serves as the feature wall of the central lobby and primary building entries.”

The flame features ABET’s laminates in gold 1812 Sei finish and hues of orange including 861 Lucida 2, 835 Sei, 835 Millerighe and 834 Millerighe. “It was important for us to go with ABET for its broad-spectrum of color, tones and textures. Other companies have golds, reds and oranges but no other company offers the breadth of color in a given range as ABET,” states Gilreath.

The teaching restaurant seats over 100 with an associated production kitchen, bar for beverage service training, and chef’s private dining room. The space is sophisticated, contemporary, and emphasizes the playful balance of white tones, color and texture.  ABET’s woodgrain laminate 1672 Grainwood was used to help create this space.  Kelly commented, “We didn’t want a typical cherry, oak, or walnut.  We wanted the warmth of wood, but with something a little more unusual and ABET had just the right fit.  This particular woodgrain had the right amount of gray with an orange undertone that complemented the other accents in the building.”

Joseph Bonaparte serves as the Culinary Institute’s Executive Director and was very involved in the design process.  He comments, “Mozingo + Wallace and LS3P created a beautiful building that gives us a competitive advantage.  I’ve worked at a lot of different places and this building sells itself.  It drives us to be better because we can’t have a beautiful building and not have a great curriculum.  We have to rise to the level of expectation the building creates.  It’s not a typical school or restaurant.  We have a beautiful ‘set’; we need to perform.”

 Photo Credit: LS3P

For more information:


Mozingo + Wallace Architects, LLC

618 Chestnut Road, Suite 205

Myrtle Beach, SC  29572

Derrick Mozingo, Jr., AIA, NCARB


Ph:  843.449.8000


Interior Design

Mozingo + Wallace Architects, LLC

618 Chestnut Road, Suite 205

Myrtle Beach, SC  29572

Derrick Mozingo, Jr., AIA, NCARB


Ph:  843.449.8000



205 1/2 King Street

Charleston, SC 29401

Kelly Gilreath IIDA, LEED AP, GGP

Senior Associate  |  Senior Interior Designer


Ph: 843.958.5424



ABET, Inc.

60 West Sheffield Ave.

Englewood, NJ 07631



email: sales@abetusa.com


Horry Georgetown Technical College

Joseph Bonaparte, Executive Director Culinary Institute