The Graniteville Elementary Additions and Renovations project received a citation award for adaptive reuse in the AIA South Carolina 2020 Design Awards. GMC architects designed the renovation of the existing adult learning center to transform it into a model elementary school for the Aiken County Public School District.
The scope of this project includes the renovation of an existing adult learning center to function as a new elementary school. This includes new site circulation, new site security, the renovation of all existing restrooms, the renovation of an existing kitchen space, the addition of a new cafeteria and foodservice administration space, selective window replacements, a complete furniture package, and other miscellaneous building upgrades, such as paint, a new fire sprinkler system, and technology.
The design solution utilizes maintenance type upgrades to comprehensively transform the existing building into an elementary school. Architects utilized required landscaping modifications to stitch together the existing classroom wings, minor improvements like paint and new furniture in every space to provide a consistent and improved design aesthetic, and dynamic new cafeteria space that each student will experience every day. Together, these elements create a cohesive and transformative design solution.