DEKALB TECHNICAL COLLEGE

ACADEMIC BUILDING AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Clarkston, GA

FAST FACTS
  • 78,000 square foot Academic Building.
  • 23,000 square foot conference center.
  • Project kept on time and within budget even with rising costs and delays associated with Hurricane Katrina.
THE FULL STORY

FDG provided comprehensive architecture, engineering and program management services for the expansion and improvement of the Clarkston campus of DeKalb Technical College. The project’s main elements are the 78,000 SF Academic Building and the 23,000 SF Conference Center. The design of these buildings dramatically improves the “curb appeal” of the campus, providing a new image for entry points on both the east and west sides of the site.

An addition to the existing instructional building, the two-story Academic Building includes a new Library/Learning Resource Center, along with computer labs, classrooms, and faculty and administration office space. The Conference Center features a 7,200 SF exhibition hall that can serve large lectures, trade shows, business and community group meetings, or other special events. Operable partitions allow the main space to seat over 500 in full-open configuration, or be subdivided into five smaller spaces. To maximize on-campus parking, the main floor of the Conference Center is elevated, with parking provided underneath. Parking was also added along with two new circulation drives on the north and south sides of the campus.

When Hurricane Katrina struck shortly before construction was scheduled to begin, the resulting increases in fuel and material costs threatened to drive the project over its established budget. Working in collaboration with DeKalb Tech and state officials, the FDG team identified value engineering and scope revisions to keep costs within budget without significantly impacting the original program.