The Westminster Schools Campbell Hall Renovation and Hawkins Hall Addition

Atlanta, Georgia


Ennead Architects


The Westminster Schools


55,999 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team
Ennead: Molly McGowan (Management Partner); Tomas Rossant (Design Partner); Todd Van Varick (Project Architect); Greg Clawson (Project Architect [CA]); Minh Tran (Project Manager); Billy Erhard (Project Designer); Gary Anderson, Edward Chang, Luccas Dias, Eileen Dirks, Janice Leong, Mariel Mora Llorens, David Monnar, Nikita Payusov, Karl Pops, Mat Strack, Trevor Hollyn Taub, Ursula Trost (Team Members).
BDR Partners: Anna Forgey, Mo Nadizadeh; JE Dunn Construction (Construction Manager); Andropogon Associates (Landscape Architect); Uzun+Case, LLC (Structural Engineer); The Integral Group LLC (MPE/FP); Eberly & Associates, Inc. (Civil Engineer); Conspectus, Inc. (Specifications); Jensen Hughes, Inc. (Fire/Life Safety); Sky Design Graphics (Signage Designer); Waveguide LLC (AV/IT/Acoustics); KAIZEN Foodservice Planning & Design Inc. (Food Service); GeoHydro (Geotechnical Engineer)

The Westminster Schools was founded in 1951 and moved in 1953 to its 180-acre campus in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. Between 1953 and 2000, the campus was established and enlarged with over a dozen buildings constructed to support a progressive K-12 co-educational curriculum. With no new facilities constructed since 2000, the trustees commissioned a master plan in 2015 to define a strategy to renew the campus, expand facilities, and reposition the school to respond to new educational trends and an evolved curriculum. The renovation and expansion of Campbell Hall was one of the first priorities.

Campbell Hall was constructed in the 1950s and is one of the earliest buildings at the Westminster Schools. Originally conceived as a general classroom building for the Upper School, it embodied the best practices of the times—a double-loaded corridor layout, lined with lockers, classrooms designed to be the “homeroom” of teachers, and opaque walls to ensure that teachers could properly command their charges without distraction.

Contemporary trends in education call for greater transparency in learning environments, more peer-to-peer learning opportunities, increased interdisciplinary collaboration among the faculty, and the valuation of faculty-student interaction outside the classroom. The renovation of Campbell Hall delivers on these paradigm shifts. It has visual transparency throughout, teachers no longer “own” their classrooms, spaces are developed outside conventional classrooms to deliver spontaneous and productive interactions among educational stakeholders, and classrooms are configured to accommodate multiple and dynamic teaching modalities.

Hawkins Hall is a contemporary addition to Campbell Hall. As a new building, free from existing massing, structure, and history, the addition strives to optimize the innovations established in the Campbell renovation. Organized around a three-story atrium with a variety of social and study spaces arranged concentrically, the facility is meant to become the social heart of the northern Upper School campus, drawing community, staff, faculty, and students into the building. Central to the building’s organization are a new café and an experimental learning laboratory, where teachers are encouraged to experiment with different teaching methods, including project-based learning and virtual reality.

Together, the renovation of Campbell Hall and the addition of Hawkins Hall situate the Westminster Schools to adopt new pedagogical trends, raise “out-of-classroom learning” to be on par with in-classroom learning, foster greater and more nuanced faculty-student interaction, and compel faculty to try new methods of teaching and scholarship.

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Bentley Prince Street
Flooring by American Biltrite
Brick/Masonry by General Shale
Brick/Masonry by Watsontown Brick
Brick/Masonry by Hohmann & Barnard, Inc.
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by 9Wood
Elevators by Schindler Elevator
Insulation by Johns Manville
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Roofing by Hunter Panels
Skylights by VELUX
Cafeteria Furniture by Arper
Classroom Furniture by Allsteel
Computer Furniture by Allsteel
Lounge Furniture by OFS
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by OFS
Office Furniture by Allsteel
Science Furniture by Haskell
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Bobrick
Washroom Accessories by Georgia-Pacific
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
HVAC Control Devices by Automated Logic
IAQ Devices by AAON
Draperies/Blinds by MechoShade
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
Waste Receptacles by Georgia-Pacific
Plumbing by Viega
Plumbing by Charlotte Pipe & Foundry
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom Fixtures by Kohler
Washroom Fixtures by TOTO
Plumbing by Elkay
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Stern-Williams Co. Inc.
Washroom Fixtures by T&S Brass
HVAC Units by AAON
HVAC Units by Trane
HVAC Units by Dadanco
HVAC Units by Armstrong Air
Cafeteria Furniture by Allsteel
Cafeteria Furniture by Davis Furniture
Cafeteria Furniture by DARRAN Furniture
Classroom Furniture by OFS
Classroom Furniture by Egan Visual
Classroom Furniture by SitOnIt Seating
Computer Furniture by OFS
Computer Furniture by SitOnIt Seating
Lounge Furniture by Bernhardt
Lounge Furniture by JSI
Lounge Furniture by Allsteel
Lounge Furniture by Hightower
Lounge Furniture by Coalesse
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Allsteel
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by JSI
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Bernhardt
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Sedia Systems
Office Furniture by SitOnIt Seating
Office Furniture by OFS
Office Furniture by Gunlocke
Office Furniture by Egan Visual
Lighting & Accessories by Vode Lighting
HVAC Control Devices by ABB Automation
Lighting & Accessories by Ligman Lighting
Door Hardware by Lutron
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