Colleges are utilizing mobile food trucks to enhance the educational experience, and leave a lasting impression. Experiential food trucks add a layer of excitement to the college culinary arts program for Northwest Arkansas Community College‘s Brightwater Center for the Study of Food. NWACC partnered with APEX Specialty Vehicles to design, engineer, and fabricate a custom food truck that embarks on an inventive concept.
The objective of the NWACC culinary truck is to serve as an education tool on how to operate a food truck business, and as a training tool for nutritional courses. The idea of bringing a college culinary program into a mobile food truck environment provides a mixture of traditional classroom-style learning, and the mobility of a food truck venture. Northwest Arkansas Community College and APEX truly worked together as a team to determine the best configuration, equipment, design, structure, and elements of the mobile food truck that would fit their needs most effectively. This custom food truck build went through the same design and engineering process as someone with an existing brick and mortar restaurant, transitioning into a food truck or adding another food truck to their existing fleet. The APEX process follows the same steps, regardless of the application, and APEX’s team is set up to provide a solution to the customer.
APEX's in-house design and engineering team designed and engineered the truck with the direction of the NWACC team. APEX's degreed engineers utilize 3D software to render realistic photos of their food truck, both exterior and interior. This allows the client a full understanding of exactly what they will be receiving, and how they can measure throughput, while capitilizing on efficiency and productivity advancements.
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