Beecher Hills Elementary Renovation & Addition

The Beecher Hills project involved the addition of a 9,000 SF multi-use gymnasium and 50,000 SF of modernization and renovations to an existing 1950s elementary school.

Students Served
Year Old School Building
Month Schedule

Tight Quarters

Site Logistics Require Unique Material Delivery

Tightly nestled in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood, directly adjacent to a popular walking trail, and with limited access on a dead-end road, Beecher Hill’s site called for tactful planning. The limited access required creative maneuvering of people and equipment. In fact, access was so limited that the team utilized a helicopter to deliver and set HVAC units on the roof.

Challenge Meets Opportunity

Earth-Moving, Award-Winning Efforts

The school’s existing 1950s structure was not designed to handle new loads. The challenge was figuring out how to build a gymnasium on the hilly property. In the end, the gym was built into the hill, requiring a massive dirt-moving effort to dig out directly underneath the existing school. Our team worked to underpin and extensively shore 15 feet below the existing building at the gym site, due to the dramatic grade change, as well as relocating utilities.

Carroll Daniel’s project team exhibited great determination, innovation and creativity by overcoming the inherent budget, sequencing, logistical and schedule challenges in completing this complex renovation and addition project while maintaining the highest levels of quality and safety.

Jere J. Smith III, AIA
Director of Capital Improvements
Atlanta Public Schools

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