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  Youth Middle School, Page 40Youth Middle School

2159 Greensward Drive N.E., Atlanta, GA 30345

Monroe, Georgia
Total Square Feet: 141,720
Construction Period: Dec 2002 to July 2004 

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Willett Engineering, Inc. - 3528 Habersham at Northlake, Tucker, GA 30084
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Salloum Construction Co., Inc. - 315 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30607
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: David Lee Associates, Inc. - 2300 Henderson Mill Road, N.E., #317, Atlanta, GA 30345
CIVIL ENGINEER: Prime Engineering, Inc. - 1888 Emery Street, #300, Atlanta, GA 30318

Youth Middle School is the first prototype middle school plan designed by Sy Richards, Architect Inc. for Walton County Public Schools. Walton County is part of the expanding Atlanta Metropolitan Area. The need for new schools is evident by a population growth of 18.5% from 2000 to 2004 in the County (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, April 14, 2005). Based on earlier U.S. Census Bureau data, a full quarter of the county's population, age 3 years and over, is enrolled in school (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000).

Youth Middle has an area of 141,720 square feet and was designed for 848 students. The core elements - Media Center, Gymnasium, Cafetorium, Kitchen and restrooms - were designed to handle 1,500 students in anticipation of this growth. The substantial two-story classroom wing was designed to easily accommodate a classroom addition when the need for growth occurs.

The facility is organized along a main spine corridor, which is also the building's tallest element. It separates the classroom wing from the other parts of the building. The steel structure in this space is exposed and placed above 30 feet from finish floor, topped by a barrel vault metal roof. Clerestory windows bring sunlight into this corridor and into the spaces on the adjoining side of the classroom wing. The exterior finish materials are brought in to front portion of the main corridor to define the Lobby area and provide an inviting entry for all users and visitors.

The classroom wing is organized along the middle school model with three pods for each grade level. Each pod contains a language arts, mathematics, social studies and science classroom. Each grade level also includes its own teacher planning room. Five (5) flexible special education classrooms are provided throughout the building that can be divided by operable partitions for smaller groups. There are three (3) self-contained special education classrooms with their own toilets and an independent living classroom with a full bathroom. Additional instructional spaces within the school include a computer lab, art lab with kiln, home and family management lab and technology lab.

The Gymnasium and the Cafetorium operate as multiple function areas for school activities as well as for after hour's activities. These areas can be open to the public while the rest of the school is closed, while maintaining access to restrooms and a concession stand. The Gymnasium seats 800 people on folding bleachers, and the Cafetorium can serve 500 people each shift. It features large windows opening into the main corridor.

The music department consists of a Band and Choral Classrooms with practice rooms and libraries. The Band Classroom has its own entrance to the backstage area through a ramp facilitating stage productions. The placement of the music department required careful consideration as to contain the sound when rooms are active.

DIV 03:
CMU: LaFarge.
DIV 04: Brick: Boral.
DIV 07: Insulation: Owens Corning; Metal Roof: Berridge Manufacturing; Roof Curbs: Custom Curb; Built-Up: GAF; Roof Hatch: Bilco.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO Corporation; Access Panels: Babcock-Davis; Windows: Peerless.
DIV 09: Acoustic Wall Panels: Kinetics; Wood Floors: Action Floors; Resilient Flooring: Azrock, Johnsonite.
DIV 10: Operable Partitions: Holcom & Hoke; Clinic Curtain: InPro; Flagpole: American Flagpole; Shelving: Penco.

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