Sy Richards, Architect Inc.
301 E. Church Street, Monroe, GA 30655
Location: Monroe, Georgia
Bid Date: Mar 2010
Construction Period: Mar 2010 to Feb 2011 Total Square Feet:
32,400 Site: 13.736 acres.
Number of Buildings: One new, six existing.
Building Size: First floor, 32,400; total, 32,400 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 32’8”; total, 32’8”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural steel/Type III-B
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal. Floors:
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Ward General Contractors -
1301 Shiloh Road, #410, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Mechanical Engineer: Singleton Engineers, Inc. - 5425 Sugarloaf
Parkway, #2200, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Electrical Engineer: Nix, Wieters & Associates - 111 Caraway
Drive, Locust Grove, GA 30248
Civil Engineer: Raymond Civil Engineers, LLC - 1741 Hog Mountain
Road, Building 200, #C, Watkinsville, GA 30677
For many years the Walton County Public Schools has serviced their fleet
of over 150 buses in a cramped shop. With no height for lifts and only
four working bays, many of their maintenance tasks had to be outsourced.
In 2008, with the relocation of Walker Park Elementary School to a new
site, the old school location was opened for auxiliary uses by the
system. With its proximity to Georgia Highway 81 and the Board of
Education Offices this was seen as an ideal location for their new
Transportation and Warehouse facility.
The program for the new facility consists of a new 10 bay bus shop,
storage facility and supporting spaces. Deep overhangs on each side of
the building create additional working bays and storage space. Also
included within the program is a 40,000 gallon fueling station with a
state-of-the-art software control system, which services the needs of
the school system and county government.
The Transportation Center incorporates five vehicle lifts (two hydraulic
piston and three parallelogram), a flexible vehicle exhaust system and
lubrication equipment for point delivery of air, grease, oil, automatic
transmission fluid and power to each work station. Used oil,
transmission fluid and antifreeze are also collected and stored for
Along with its storage function, the warehouse side of the building is
set up with workshops for the maintenance staff. They have the ability
to store fully loaded maintenance vehicles securely for overnight
storage. This improves staff efficiencies by eliminating the chore of
loading and unloading these vehicles the beginning and end of each day.
The lower 14-foot of the exterior walls was built with brick and block
masonry construction for prolonged durability. Translucent roof panels
and glazed sectional door panels help bring in natural light in many
cases minimizing the need for the use of artificial lighting.
As the school system plans to maintain this facility for many years to
come, they were interested in keeping it flexible as their needs grow.
The half of the building currently being used for warehousing was
designed with the same reinforced thickened floor slab as used on the
transportation side. Knockout panels were built into the exterior wall
that will allow for the addition of 10 working bays. The site was also
configured so that the building could be expanded adding 6 additional
bays on the west side.
Metal Building System: American Building Company
Insulation: Owens Corning, Lamtec.
Resilient Flooring: AZROCK Rubber Base: Roppe
Sectional Doors: Clopay Finishing Hardware: Anemostat