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  Southwest DeKalb High School Addition & RenovationSouthwest DeKalb High School Addition & Renovation

Architect, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical & Civil Engineer

CDH Partners
675 Tower Road, Marietta, GA 30060

General Description

Location: Decatur, Georgia
Date Bid: Aug 2012 Construction Period: Oct 2012 to July 2014
Total Square Feet: 83,816 Site: 35 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 30 classrooms, seating 908,
auditorium seating 645.
Building Sizes: First floor, 66,812; second floor, 17,004;
total, 83,816 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’ 4”; second floor, 12’ 8”; total, 44’ 8”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall, architectural precast concrete. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

General Contractor: H.J. Russell & Company - 504 Fair Street, Atlanta, GA 30313
Audio Video: Merck & Hill Consultants, Inc. - 1995 N. Park Place, #450, Atlanta, GA 30339

Southwest DeKalb High School is located in DeKalb County, Georgia, and is a part of a major school system for the metro Atlanta area. School board officials asked CDH Partners, Inc., to design an addition to the school that includes a 650-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art offices and classrooms, laboratories, and new band and orchestra facilities with soundproof practice rooms. This 67,000 square foot instructional addition showcases the school's fine arts curriculum to the community. It was designed to instill hope and encourage future academic achievements for students.

The school already supports strong art, drama, and music programs. Designers were also asked to renovate a portion of the existing high school's classrooms, outside gathering areas, and student health center. The two-story addition was designed to have an iconic presence on the campus. The auditorium and surrounding instructional and support spaces also include choral, art, and instrumental performance rooms.

The fine arts addition is a contemporary space that is light-filled and incorporates durable finishes, and neutral colors. Wood finishes in laboratories and in some of the classrooms add a sense of warmth and richness. Split-faced blocks and wood acoustical panels are used in the auditorium, which underscore a dynamic contemporary appeal.

An abundance of natural light flows into the lobby of this new facility allowing for passive solar gain. The auditorium itself is one of the largest in the school district. This performing arts center is a stunning facility that contains a large stage area with state-of-the-art lighting and audio systems. It was built to accommodate a major portion of the school's population and will be used for performing and musical arts along with community meetings.

The lobby contains specific gathering spaces for students and also is an area where students in the art program can display their work. This new addition contains a variety of instructional rooms and laboratories to provide "smart" educational spaces for the student population.

A brick veneer and architectural pre-cast concrete façade is easily recognized from the street and fits perfectly with the high school's large campus. Glazed curtain walls showcase the wrapping art gallery. These large window walls were designed to be a beacon to the community and also to open up the building to its partial wooded setting, while providing a spacious entrance into the performing
arts auditorium.

The band room was designed to utilize both the indoor and the outdoor space of the new facility. It is large enough to accommodate the entire marching band and can be set up with an additional backdrop so oversized doors can be opened to an outdoor amphitheater. This area fulfills the school's plan to provide visibility to a growing fine arts program that can be enjoyed by the school and the neighboring community.

Fourteen-foot wide folding doors are opened for outdoor concerts exposing the band practice area. This area doubles as a stage for recitals and includes an additional backdrop for performances. The outdoor area has terraced, grass seating and provides a venue for school concerts and events for the surrounding community.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Dow, Air Space, Taylor Brick, Cherokee Brick & Tile Company
Metal Panels: Centria
Roofing: Soprema
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Tubelite, Trulite
Interior: Taylor Brick, Cherokee Brick & Tile Company
Flooring: DalTile, Armstrong, Shaw
Lighting: Metalux, Halo, Progressive, Visa, Portfolio, Lumark, McGraw Edition
Elevators: Schindler

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