Building a First

The Alliance Academy for Innovation is Forsyth County Schools’ first STEM high school. A second phase of construction included adding a three-story parking deck to the active and occupied campus.

603 Parking Spots
1,200 Students Served
374,428 SF Combined
Alliance Academy aerial

An Uphill Battle with the Site

Alliance Academy was built on a 43-acre new, elevated site that encompassed wetlands and a 100 foot elevation change from one end to the other. In order to prepare this challenging site for construction, a significant site balancing effort and massive site and building foundation walls were required. With some unsuitable soil to battle as well, our team mined soil from all over the site to support the design of the MSE site walls. We worked tirelessly with the civil engineer to adjust grades so that the entire site was balanced, which produced a significant cost savings for the owner.

Alliance Academy interior

Not Your Average High School

Alliance Academy has 64 instructional units, across five interest-themed academies including: aerospace/logistics, criminal justice/law, hospitality/design, healthcare/first responders, and mechatronics/energy. The instruction units feature state-of-the-art equipment like flight simulators, a wind tunnel, an ambulance simulator and a courtroom with a CSI laboratory. There are also labs designed for teaching students about cyber-security, virtual reality and graphic design. Both the school and the parking deck received First Place Build Georgia Award recognition.

It goes without saying that the quality of construction of future schools for the school system will be measured against this school.
Al Scenna
Construction Project Manager, Forsyth County School System

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