Wheeler High School

Marietta, Georgia

Replacing an aging and outdated facility for a large high school on a very tight and compact campus is never easy. Keeping the school open throughout the process turns the project into a near impossibility.

From demolition through construction, the school remained fully functional. The new facility was constructed using precast exterior panels and erected ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY3,279COST PER SQ FT$146.30FEATURED IN2015 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation inches of existing walls on three separate sides. To keep with the suburban neighborhood context, heavily textured thin brick was used to match the existing brick and give the feel of a traditional masonry-constructed facility, and a heavily detailed cornice was used. Neither detail is normally associated with precast material.

The new two-story building was designed to increase student security by limiting exterior access to one main entrance. A new main central corridor provides better observation of students.

The project also included new administration and guidance areas, a new kitchen and cafeteria, a media center, art rooms, classrooms and health and culinary arts labs.