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  Monroe Elementary School


Sy Richards Architect, Inc.
2159 Greensward Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

General Description

Location: Monroe, Georgia
Date Bid: Aug 2005 Construction Period: Oct 2005 to Dec 2006
Total Square Feet: 103,760 Site: 102.8 acres (shared with existing high school). Number of Buildings: Two. 
Building Size: First floor, 95,560; PE annex, 8,200; total, 103,760 square feet. Building Height: First floor wings, 14’; lobby, 29’9”; cafeteria, 22’; PE annex, 30’; total, varies. 
Basic Construction Type: IIB, sprinklered. Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.  Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal siding.  Roof: Built-up, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Willett Engineering Co., Inc. - 3528 Habersham at Northlake, Tucker, GA 30084
General Contractor: Rogers Construction Co. - 855 Marathon Parkway, #1, Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Mechanical Engineer: David Lee Associates, Inc. - 2300 Henderson Mill Road, #317, Atlanta, GA 30345
Electrical Engineer: Bolden-Williams & Associates, Inc. - 3066 Highway 29, South, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Civil Engineer: Street Smarts - 3090 Premiere Parkway, #200, Duluth, GA 30097

Monroe Elementary School, Page 26

Monroe Elementary School was built to replace a cluster of buildings originally constructed in the 1940’s and 1950’s and last added to in 1978. The new school shares a 102 acre site with Monroe Area High School. 

The school’s main entrance opens into the Lobby featuring a 24-foot high ceiling with exposed steel structure and clerestory windows. The Lobby’s height and roof outline were intentionally designed so to create a clear indication of the building’s main entrance. The Lobby’s materials include patterned natural stone-look ceramic tile and brick veneer and split face block to create a warm and inviting entry. The exterior materials of split face block, brick, and metal roofing were chosen to match the adjacent high school’s exterior to create a unified look within the “campus”.

The Administration Suite and Dining Room are located on each side of the main entry Lobby. The Dining Room, with a portable stage, serves as a multiple function area for school activities as well as for after hours activities. This area can be open to the public while the rest of the school is closed. The centrally located Media Center is accessible to all classroom wings; and features a separate story-telling area outlined by classic “Tuscan” columns, with built-in stepped seating and cove lighted ceiling. 

Each of the six classroom wings were planned so that two additional classrooms could be added to the end; expanding the school’s capacity of 950 to 1,200. In addition, some special education classrooms, planning and storage rooms are designed to be converted into full size classrooms, further expanding the capacity of the school. Core elements of the building, such as the Dining Room and Media Center were designed to absorb this added capacity. For additional flexibility, utilities are in place on the southwest side of the site to handle the inevitable need for portable classrooms in this fast growing area of Walton County. 

Monroe Elementary School is the third school built from a prototype elementary school plan designed by Sy Richards, Architect Inc. for Walton County Schools. The previous prototype schools were H.D. Atha Elementary School (see file EU020754, July-August 2002 issue of Design Cost Data™) and Youth Elementary School (see file EU050342, March-April 2005 issue of Design Cost Data™).  


DIV. 3: Concrete: LaFarge.
DIV. 4: Brick: Boral Brick; Accessories: Dur-O-Wal. 
DIV. 5: Joists: Canam Steel Corp.
DIV. 7: Expansion Joints: MM Systems; Waterproofing: W.R. Meadows; Metal Roof: Berridge Manufacturing.
DIV. 8: Hollow Metal Doors: Curries; Fiberglass Columns: Somerset Door.
DIV. 9: Tile: Dal-Tile, Florida Tile; Resilient: Armstrong, Roppe; Carpet: Shaw; Paint: Porter. 
DIV. 10: Toilet Partitions: Santana; Toilet Accessories: American Specialties, Inc.; Lockers: Penco; Operable Partitions: Holcomb & Hoke; Curtain Track: InPro.
DIV. 13: Pre-Engineered Building: Gulf States. 

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