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Beyond Traditional Classrooms

The Cobb Innovation & Technology Academy (CITA) is a first of its kind facility for Cobb County School District. The 67,648 SF, one-story steel-framed CMU in-filled addition was constructed on an occupied high school site that was also undergoing a major phased re-build by Carroll Daniel Construction. The new career training facility for high school aged students is built to house administration, multi-purpose spaces, flexible-use classrooms, and CTAE programs including: Healthcare, Cyber Networking, Automotive Technology, HVAC, Welding and Construction Technology.

Instead of traditional classrooms, the facility mainly consists of large lab spaces with pathway-related equipment and some flexible spaces. In an emergency medical classroom, an ambulance simulator helps a hypothetical ambulance trip to a hospital come to life. In a welding area, there are welding simulators, 10 welding stations, a plasma table, roller and drill presses. Lab spaces at CITA include:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Welding
  • Heavy Equipment Simulation
  • Carpentry
  • Masonry
  • Healthcare
  • Nursing
  • EMT
  • Cybersecurity
  • Business
  • And More
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A Multifaceted Project

As a construction project, this was like building a hospital, an auto shop, a beauty school, and more—all under one roof. With many unique, disparate components, this project was truly “one of a kind” for Carroll Daniel. The project team stepped up to every challenge, coordinating extensively with the owner, architect, community, and other construction team on site. Collaboration, planning, and creative problem-solving were key to bringing CITA to life.

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Emphasizing Safety on an Occupied Campus

One of the major safety considerations on this project was that it was taking place on an occupied and extremely busy campus. This project was built alongside Osborne High School – an active high school campus undergoing a major phased construction project also being completed by Carroll Daniel Construction, all while remaining occupied. Separation and careful logistical planning were key to ensuring safety on the site. The project team coordinated extensively with the Osborne High School project team on activities, deliveries, logistics, and safety measures.


With multiple large-scale construction projects going on at the same time on the Osborne High School campus – all while students remained in the building – the Carroll Daniel team was steady and organized from the beginning, with a focus on keeping everyone safe and not interrupting the education process.
David A. Jackson
Former SPLOST Department Construction Manager, Cobb County School District

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