Gwinnett Technical College – Academic Building
North Fulton Campus, Alpharetta, Georgia
Located in close proximity to Wakefield Beasley’s main office outside of Atlanta, Gwinnett Technical College provides diverse curriculum for students across the metro area. The rapidly-growing school hired the firm to provide building design and master planning for the entire Alpharetta campus to meet its growing needs. Site challenges drove most of the design work, as multiple streams limited building placement. Positioned at the main entrance to avoid stream disruption, the campus’s first building houses administrative functions such as recruitment, police, bookstore, library, advisement and tech support spaces. The second floor’s lengthy curved curtain wall floods light in the open office administration area and public spaces and provides support for the outdoor patio for the third floor above. A new campus side entrance allows for direct access without affecting traffic congestion. Wakefield Beasley’s design enabled Gwinnett Technical College to reduce the building cost and use the savings to purchase additional audio-visual technology for use in the classrooms. The firm’s campus vision supports the school’s plan for growth and maximizes its exposure from the prime Alpharetta location.