Project Summary
Greater Atlanta Christian

Transformative renovations take the Performing Arts Center (Clifton Jones Theater) and Junior and High School buildings to new levels for this prestigious private school.

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The Space
Square Footage 102,000
Location Norcross, GA

Greater Atlanta Christian School (GACS), founded in 1961, is home to over 1,800 students in grades K3-12. The private school’s blossoming 75-acre campus is amply dotted with over two dozen structures, uniquely blending both new and old.

Junior & Senior High School – Two 1960s-era structures, the Junior and Senior High Buildings, undergo dramatic renovations. Topping 70,100 SF, the buildings each contain 40 classrooms, as well as the faculty and staff for grades 6 through 12.

Unique to the newly renovated structures are learning studios enclosed by aluminum, glass, and book-matched wood veneer partitions. To make room for the open learning studios, an extensive rework of the existing buildings’ load-bearing structures are required. To support the renovation, updated foundations are installed beneath existing load-bearing CMU walls, while a steel superstructure is attached to the existing walls. Following steel installation, 350 tons of load bearing CMU walls are demolished. The foundation is backfilled and slab is poured where it was previously removed to be assessed.

A portion of the renovations are completed while school is in session, requiring careful coordination to ensure the school’s normal operations are not interrupted. The remaining 58,500-SF renovation is complete within an astounding nine-week schedule when Greater Atlanta Christian School is not in session.

Performing Arts Center – A structural steel balcony is added to the Performing Arts Center in the existing auditorium for added seating while pews, stage flooring, and a fresh theater curtain are installed. Lower level classrooms inside the Performing Arts Center building receive fresh finishes. A man lift is installed for easier access to the facility for those with disabilities.

Clifton Jones Theater – Highlights include rich teak veneer wall panels featuring stainless steel reveals, a wood veneer arch on the theater stage, and upgraded carpet and wall finishes. The renovation requires the removal and re-installation of 395 theater chairs while new floor finishes are installed. The lighting package accentuates the space and consists of sixteen custom made decorative wall sconces which are anchored to the Teak wall panels.

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