Newton County High School
Location: Covington, GA
Client: Newton County Board of Education
Architect: Cunningham, Forehand, Matthews, and Moore
Size: 388,000 SF
Newton County High School is a new 388,000 square foot facility on a large campus. The insulated precast concrete construction structure has a face brick and was erected in 80 working days. There are structural steel roof canopies over the commons area and cafeteria area as well as a bar joist structure spanning across the main gym. The building features a main gym with an elevated running track, practice gym, classrooms, science labs, agriculture labs, cooking labs, kitchens, commons, media center, ROTC rooms and rifle range, band rooms, theatre/auditorium, and administrative offices.
The 194 acre site work portion of the contract includes new softball and baseball fields, a new football field with running track including all track events, and also a practice football field. These fields were all covered with sports turf. The site also includes a new 4-court tennis enclosure with hitting wall. Site retaining walls, covered canopies, 4 – parking lots, bus parking lot, bus loops, bio-retention swales, retention ponds, site fencing, sodding/seeding and landscapes are also included in the site package.
The new school includes a 500-plus seat auditorium; an open commons entrance area; a gym which would accommodate 2,500 spectators; a practice gym; science labs; band and choral classrooms that are connected with rehearsal areas; a ROTC wing that includes office space, classrooms and a rifle range; engineering labs with a covered exterior work room, agricultural and art classrooms and even elevators for students and teachers to get to the different floors of the school.