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Savannah College of Art and Design

GGA worked closely with SCAD to transform an abandoned, 120-year old building, once used to manufacture horse-drawn carriages, into a state-of-the-art computer graphics facility. The campus' Media Arts Center features 32 classrooms and open studios with full AV support for 600 high-end computer stations, in addition to faculty and staff offices, as well as a stop-motion lab, an exhibition gallery, and cafeteria with student lounge.Heavy timber, characteristic of Savannah in the 1880's, pronounces the building's rich history, while complimenting a new core, with an isolated steel structure to shelter mechanical equipment. New building systems, including elevators, stairs and plumbing complete the architectural renovation, while interior design of the collaborative areas places the building perfectly into the college's mission of “reviving buildings of the past to serve the needs of the future.  Sustainable concepts were used throughout the design and include energy efficient building systems, recycled and local materials, controlled natural lighting, water saving plumbing fixtures and incorporation of the existing structure and building resources.

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