Thursday, May 24, 2012

Officials take tour of new Cambridge High School.

Courtesy Fulton County Board of Education

School and elected officials recently got an inside look at the new 320,000-square-foot Cambridge High School being built in the City of Milton. The school is beautiful in both form and function, and is on schedule to open its doors to almost 1,200 students this fall.

School board member Katie Reeves, who represents the Cambridge area, joined Superintendent Robert Avossa, Cambridge principal Ed Spurka, new Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Scott Muri, and area superintendents Victor Shandor and Margaret Pupillo for the walk-through. Other elected officials on the tour included Milton’s Mayor Joe Lockwood, Councilman Lance Large and Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann. North Fulton Chamber President Brandon Beach also joined the walk-through.

Led by Bob Sussenbach of Chapman Griffin Lanier Sussenbach Architects and Bill McCorkle of Evergreen Construction, the tour began in the fine arts wing and showcased the 600-seat theatre, which features a stage deep enough for a full orchestra. Special features such as acoustic sound baffles for noise control and sensor lighting also make the theatre’s construction unique.

The tour then moved into each academic area, and in the science hall, the architects showed how classrooms are designed larger to accommodate more students. The rooms are connected to a common prep lab so that multiple teachers can share materials. Architectural design details also were pointed out, such as the detail in the floor tiles and large windows in common areas, and even wooden railing on some banisters.

Athletic areas were visited, and the football stadium, with “Cambridge Bears” spelled prominently on the synthetic turf, will seat approximately 4,500 fans. The field is surrounded by a first-class track adjacent to the softball field, and a unique bridge leads through a field of trees to the practice fields.

“Opening a new school helps create a new heart of the community,” said school board member Katie Reeves. “It was important that the community was able to share input on the design. The entire Cambridge High School community owns this beautiful project and we couldn’t be more excited to open our doors in August.”

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