Sy Richards, Architect, Inc.
301 E. Church Street, Monroe, GA 30655
Location: Monroe, Georgia
Date Bid: Nov 2010
Nov 2010 to Mar 2012
Total Square Feet: 103,825 Site: 48.62 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two; 57 classrooms.
Building Size: First floor, 95,617; PE annex, 8,208; total,
103,825 square feet.
Building Height: Wings, 14’; lobby, 29’9”, cafeteria, 22’;
PE annex, 30’.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIA 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. Projected
and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 48.1.
Structural Engineer: Willett Engineering Co., Inc. - 3528
Habersham at Northlake, Tucker, GA 30084
General Contractor: Knoll Construction, LLC - 3100 Medlock Bridge
Road, Building 500, Norcross, GA 30071
Mechanical Engineer: Singleton Engineers, Inc. - 3794 Shawnee
Run, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047
Electrical Engineer: Bolden-Williams & Associates, Inc. - 3066
Highway 29, South, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Civil Engineer: Raymond Civil Engineers, LLC - 1741 Hog Mountain
Road, Building 200, #C, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Hardware Consultant: Phillips-Langley & Associates - 3585 Highway
317, #401A, Suwanee, GA 30024
Harmony Elementary School is the sixth generation using a prototype plan
design for Walton County Public Schools. It replaces a 1970 era
building, which was on a small site and in need of extensive repair. The
new campus is situated on 48.6 acres, located 4.3 miles southeast of the
The site adaptation presented a few unique challenges to the design
team. The building location had to be juxtaposed between suitable soils
for the septic system, wetlands and stream buffers. Working with the
Army Corp of Engineers, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the
Local Development Department, the building was sited so that just under
1/10 of an acre of wetlands had to be disturbed which resulted in
purchase of mitigating credits.
As with the previous iterations of this plan, the design team reviewed
all previous issues which arose during construction of the last
prototype and incorporated them into the Construction Documents, further
minimizing the need for document clarification during construction.
Since the last prototype was completed in 2007, the School System
desired to make upgrades to the technology incorporated into the
building. This included a direct digital control system that integrates
HVAC controls, lighting controls, security systems and CCTV, and
broadband video distribution into a single system backbone. In addition,
updates were made to energy management protocols to further reduce power
consumption throughout the building.
As with previous adaptations of the plan, the 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
designed so to create a clear indication of the building's main
entrance. Lobby's materials include a ceramic tile floor and brick
veneer walls to create a warm and inviting entry.
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 secured. 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
Brick: Cherokee Brick Sheathing Board: Georgia Pacific
Aluminum Windows & Frames: EFCO, a Pella Corporation
Gypsum: National Paint: Sherwin Williams Roofing:
GAF Metal Roofing: Berridge
VCT: Armstrong Linoleum: Forbo Carpet: Bigelow
Wood Flooring: Action Fiberglass Columns: Melton Classics
Lighting: Columbia, Dual Lite, Prescolite, Hubbell, Spaulding,