John S. Davidson Magnet School


Client:  Richmond County Board of Education                                           

Size:  116,200 Square Feet

Completed: 1998

This Fine Arts Magnet High School provided the unique challenge of accommodating classroom and laboratory facilities, a media center, gymnasium, offices, as well as state-of-the art rehearsal and performance spaces.  The project site, the ruins of a defunct mill, was constrained on two sides by the historic Augusta Canal.  Appreciating the mill’s Architectural significance, much of the iconic brick masonry was preserved and incorporated into the realized design.  New construction was crafted to emulate the mill’s forms and masonry work to create a functional, holistic, and contextual project.

 “This is a building that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional for students.  Through the incorporation of the existing historical Architecture with modern design elements, the building exudes warmth and historical charm. The design of the campus allows for fluid movement from one activity to the next and provides our students with a variety of spaces to showcase their talents.  The classrooms are spacious and designed to meet the needs of 21st century learning.

-Aletha Snowberger, Assistant Principal




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