Ridgeview Charter Middle School
CDH was given the challenge to complete this 25 million dollar renovation project in eight phases over a ten months period. School board officials asked that the school remain open and fully functional. With this in mind, designers constructed a temporary “academic village.” Areas of construction were rotated so that class schedules were not disturbed. This design solution proved to be one of the most important achievements of the project.Architects redesigned the main entrance and administrative areas to facilitate charter school academic requirements. They also added 22 instructional units and an additional 45,000 square feet for a student population of 1225.
Ridgeview is located on an extremely steep grade, which called for special arrangements such as using one-quarter mile of an adjacent access road as staging and construction parking. An addition to the facility was constructed of brick veneer and concrete block backup walls. A modular wall panel system incorporated in the interior courtyard and increased natural light reflectivity into the cafeteria, which previously had no access to natural light.
This design solution successfully reoriented the internal program functions and improved the overall aesthetic of the school. The most noteworthy part of this is the 10-month project was the complete exterior face-lift that was accomplished during full occupancy.
Fulton County Board of Education
165,000 – Renovation
55,000 – Addition
Learning By Design
Outstanding Project — Middle/Intermediate