B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin Carson

Atlanta, Georgia

The architect provided services for the B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin Carson School, Atlanta’s first all-male school in 60 years. Operated by Atlanta Public Schools, the site is at the old West Fulton Middle (High) School, on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway/U.S. 278.

The lower school serves boys from grades 6 to 8, and the two ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$167.40FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio schools serve young men in grades 9 to 12.

The curriculum focuses on business, engineering, science and technology, thus the name B.E.S.T. Academy. The school features interconnected, four-story lower school and upper school mid-rise blocks with common circulation areas; a kitchen/cafeteria; a two-level media center; health and physical-education complex; and fine-arts/theater wings.

All elements are organized around two central courtyards. Both upper and lower school wings have distinct entrance vestibules/lobbies and separate administrative areas.

The building skin is composed of tri-color brick and fluted metal panels. The historic concrete stadium and play field are the only vestiges of the previous school’s facilities. This project is on track to be LEED-certified.