One-of-a-kind culinary science center rising at Auburn University – Made In Alabama

“Our students will have unparalleled opportunities to learn best practices in the hospitality and culinary sciences within a luxury setting from the best in the industry,” said June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences.

“The entire complex will provide guests with an immersion in hospitality that is second to none.”


In an update on the project, HPM said Auburn is seeking to achieve the rare AAA Five Diamond certification for the hotel component, which is given to less than 0.5% of the 27,000 hotels evaluated annually. HPM previously served as owner’s representative during the construction of a $35 million Five Diamond-certified hotel in Houston.

“Our previous history in providing project management leadership on other high-profile hospitality and higher education initiatives made this an ideal fit for HPM,” company President Mike Lanier said.

“We are honored to partner with Auburn University on building this one-of-a-kind facility, which serves as a forerunner that will inspire a new breed of food and beverage as well as hospitality-focused learning centers at college campuses across America,” he added.

HPM is active across the nation and served as program manager for Airbus in the construction of its A320 and A220 final assembly lines in Mobile.

Rane is founder and CEO of Alabama-based Great Southern Wood, which last year launched production a new $40 million lumber production facility in the Henry County community of Abbeville.