Troup County Elementary School
LaGrange, Georgia – Construction is underway on a new elementary school for the Troup County Schools System in LaGrange, Georgia. GMC designed the school, which will house pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. The new 100,000-square-foot facility will replace Whitesville Road Elementary School and can accommodate an opening day student population of 700, with a core capacity for up to 900. Slated to open for the 2018-19 school year, the elementary school will feature 33 general classrooms, a media center, 500-person multipurpose assembly room, cafeteria and commercial kitchen, high school-sized gymnasium with seating for 200, modern medical clinic and ample support spaces for teaching staff and administration. The design includes 14 specialized teaching rooms to support art and music programs, along with occupational and physical therapy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), academic coaching, gifted education and other needs requiring individualized attention. In addition, the elementary school will feature a special needs suite for up to 32 students with a private entrance and playground. The building was designed with environmental sustainability goals of improved energy performance and water usage and conservation. GMC is providing architecture, interior design, environmental, electrical, civil, survey and landscape architecture services. Carroll Daniel Construction is the Construction Manager at Risk.
Huntsville Pediatric Associates + Edgar’s Bakery
Huntsville, Alabama – A new bakery and pediatric office will soon take up residence at the corner of Airport Road and Memorial Parkway in Huntsville. Conceptual work began in June 2017, with a couple different sites being considered for the project. Developers chose to construct the new 35,000-square-foot building on the site of the former Copeland’s restaurant, which had sat vacant for a number of years. Design and permitting began in November, with construction on the site work starting in January 2018. GMC is providing surveying, civil site design, architectural design and site electrical design services for the project. The design team was “all hands on deck” in December and January to complete the design by the end of January. The building will house a new Edgar’s Bakery on the southern end and the new location of Huntsville Pediatric Associates, which has outgrown its current facility, on the northern end. All of the practice’s current doctors will relocate to the larger, more modern two-story building once it is completed this fall. In addition, the City of Huntsville has committed to making improvements along Airport Road to further enhance the new facility.
Paris Landing State Park Inn Replacement
Buchanan, Tennessee – The Paris Landing State Park Inn Replacement is part of the State of Tennessee’s efforts to revitalize its park system. GMC was hired to help identify and enhance the visitor experience at several state parks through facility studies, lodging studies, planning and programming and development of design guidelines for the entire park system. The Paris Landing project entails demolishing the existing 155,000-square-foot inn, conference center, restaurant and swimming pools and constructing a new inn. The vision for the new facility is that it will become the family room for the park, and to a greater extent, the community. The facility will create a place for friends and family, both local and transient, to recreate and celebrate while still meeting the functional needs of Paris Landing State Park visitors. The primary feature of the park is undoubtedly Kentucky Lake and the activities it supports. Balancing the creation of views and vistas while meeting the functional needs of families, fishermen and friends will be the driving force for the design processes. The building will have a waterfront feel reminiscent of the architectural styles of the coastal northeast and great lakes shoreline communities. This coastal style will be blended with rustic and natural elements typically found in traditional state parks to create a unique experience that is inviting, relaxing, light and open. The new facility will be approximately 81,000 square feet and feature 65 guestrooms, a new restaurant and meeting space. GMC is providing architecture, landscape and interior design services for the project.
Homewood High School Addition and Renovation
Homewood, Alabama – The Homewood High School addition and renovation project is part of a system-wide plan to accommodate Homewood City Schools’ growing student population. Approximately 100,000 square feet are being added to the existing high school, including three new pavilions for fine arts, athletics and academics. The fine arts pavilion will feature a dance studio, band and choral rooms, theater and related functions. A total of 16 classrooms will be added, with 14 being added in the two-story classroom addition, plus two additional classrooms through repurposed areas. The new athletic wing will house team rooms, locker rooms, offices and state-of-the-art weight training space. A new front entry will feature a large atrium with a secure vestibule and administrative space. The interior renovations will be comprehensive, bringing in more natural light and widening corridors. The plans also entail adding new science labs, expanding the dining area, adding spaces for collaborative work and remodeling the media center into a more multipurpose learning environment with comfortable seating and up-to-date technology. The project includes plans for two distinct traffic loops for carpools and student parking to enhance safety and eliminate traffic, plus the addition of approximately 60 parallel parking spaces. GMC is providing architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture and interior design services for the project, which is slated for completion in August 2019.