Architect: Studio 3 Design Group
Location: Augusta, GA
Size: 120,000 SF
Cost: $17.5 Million
A.R. Johnson Health, Science & Engineering Magnet School, once housed in a 1950s inner-city structure, is one of the top-rated schools in Georgia. The architect was given the opportunity to provide an exciting new facility that would enable students to excel in a high-tech environment. The classrooms are situated around a grand atrium, which serves as a hub for the students to gather, as well as housing the café and media center. The classrooms feature varying layouts for different subjects, including those specialized for health and engineering classes. The 1950s building was demolished and renovated into a 460-seat lecture hall that serves as an area for guest speakers, lectures, student honors ceremonies and performances. This area was also designed as a community space with a separate lobby and entrance. The original gymnasium was also included in the demolition and a 1,200-seat gymnasium was added in the last phase of construction.