Butler County Magnet School

Georgiana, Alabama

  • FIRM

    Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood

  • CLIENT

    Butler County Board of Education

  • AREA

    100,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $13,800,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    4/2009

Butler County needed a new school that would bring two communities together into a united school district. Both communities had aging school buildings that were graduating less than 10 seniors a year—while competing with the nearby town of Greenville and its large, well-attended high schools that offered a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$138.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas curriculum.

Butler County School Board’s vision for a new K-12 school would bring together students with distinct needs under one roof. The school, situated on a prominent road between the communities, uses a center spine for shared functions with classroom arms on either side—one for K to 6 and the other for 7 to 12. The larger programming elements are situated in the center, offering division between student populations but with opportunities for interaction.

The exterior was planned so that the school looked like no other in the county. It was designed to be modern, safe, friendly, environmentally sensitive, technologically advanced and budget-conscious. The school opened in fall 2009 almost to capacity because of the overwhelming response from the communities.