The Museum School
Avondale Estates, GA
Lord, Aeck & Sargent (LAS) was hired by The Museum School, a Charter School under the DeKalb County School System, to assist in its relocation from temporary modular facilities to a new permanent home at the former Forrest Hills Elementary School campus.
The school tasked LAS with designing a permanent facility that would not only accommodate future growth, but also embody the School’s philosophy of providing support to its students and encouraging hands-on learning opportunities through exploration, experimentation and collaboration. In helping the Museum School realize its vision, LAS conducted a full site and property assessment of the existing building followed closely by phasing studies, program verification, cost analysis and test fits. LAS also provided fundraising materials to support The Museum School’s capital campaign.
The design for the first phase of the renovation included a new building entrance and outdoor activity area, an Administrative Suite, a state-of-the art Media Center and the adaptive reuse of 13 existing classrooms (including Art and Music Suites). The school opened to 220 students in Grades K-5 in the fall of 2012.