A.R. Johnson Health Science & Engineering Magnet School, once housed in a 1950s inner-city structure, is one of the top-rated schools in Georgia. The architect was given the opportunity to provide a new, exciting facility that would enable students to excel in a high-tech environment.
The classrooms are CAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$147.46FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio around a grand atrium, which serves as the hub for the students to gather. The ARJ cafe and media center are a part of the atrium space. The classrooms vary from general studies to specialized health and engineering education.
The 1950s building was demolished, except for the gymnasium, which was renovated into a 460-seat lecture hall that serves as an area for guest speakers, lecturers, student honors and performances. This area also was designed as a community space with a separate lobby and entrance.
A 1,200-seat gymnasium was added in the last phase of construction. The gym includes a locker room, toilets and a physical-education classroom for student activities. Separate entrance lobby and concession areas provide public access for outside events.