The Howard School

Atlanta, Georgia

The new campus for The Howard School is on a 13-acre parcel adjacent to a former mill building along a busy rail spur. It is a significant piece of the burgeoning urban redevelopment on the west side of Atlanta. In relocating its campus from two historic houses in the established neighborhood of Druid Hills, to a transitional industrial neighborhood, the school took a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSuzanne Seymour InteriorsCAPACITY180COST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized of faith and, in turn, became pioneers of urban development.

The Howard School is a private K-12 school that caters to students with auditory, learning and concentration issues. The design for the school’s new campus needed to be reflective of the neighborhood aesthetics and the school’s unique teaching style. The design focuses on five main points of emphasis to enhance learning:

-Flexibility. Spaces are designed to be reconfigurable, expandable and with ample space for display.

-Comfort. The building was designed with materials that are less institutional in feel. Spaces are acoustically separated, and tuned with indirect artificial lighting and ample daylighting for better concentration.

-Context. The exterior of the buildings fit into the area, with long gable and shed forms, a silo-like tower with exposed-steel structure and an industrial material palette.

-Sustainability. The Howard School spent a tremendous amount of time and money to remove debris and soil from the site, and hauled in new dirt as a base for the school. The building uses sustainable materials such as bamboo, metal paneling, steel roof deck, and vinyl and concrete flooring to form a healthful environment that requires less maintenance.

-Community. The school contains two focal points: a library overlooking the city, which is used by outside groups for seminars, and a black-box theater that uses a hangar door to open to an exterior amphitheater.