Promoting the Arts
Carroll Daniel was selected to build the new Forsyth County Arts & Learning (FoCAL) Center in Cumming, Georgia. FoCAL is a two-story, 81,000 SF facility located on the campus of Forsyth County Schools’ Board of Education and Professional Development Center. Designed to support the performing arts programming of the district’s schools and the local community, the new venue includes a main theater with a stage, balcony, and orchestra pit – seating over 1,800 people and providing a space for performances, meetings, and other community events.
The FoCAL Center also features a black box theatre with with four different seating configurations, a convertible rehearsal/banquet hall space, a scene shop, a green room, dressing rooms, a catering kitchen, concession kiosks, and a two-story lobby for visual art galleries.
An Innovative Performance
Due to the complex design of the facility, the Carroll Daniel team utilized Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) tools to ensure a flawless production. The Carroll Daniel VDC team worked with subcontractor partners to coordinate work being performed by the different trades – ensuring seamless integration of their efforts. The use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) allowed Carroll Daniel to create a detailed digital representation of the FoCAL center, offering a comprehensive overview of the entire project before any physical construction began.