Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center

CENTER SUPPORTS PERFORMING ARTS FOR GROWING COUNTY

The new, centrally located Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center (FOCAL Center) will support the fine arts programs at Forsyth County’s 38 schools by providing much-needed performance space. It will be used for larger events that cannot be accommodated by the current high schools.

The FOCAL Center’s 1,800-seat performance hall, balcony, orchestra pit, and associated technical production areas are designed to host a wide range of programs and activities. This versatile facility will have a black box theatre, large rehearsal rooms that can be used for events and meetings, dressing and green rooms, a full-service catering kitchen, and a lobby with gallery space. The center will provide diverse arts, entertainment, educational, business, and civic opportunities for the residents of Forsyth County and surrounding communities. The FOCAL Center will be located on a shared site with the Board of Education and the new Academies of Creative Education (ACE). The site will be unified by a new drive, which will connect tree-lined sidewalks and shared parking. A green space will align the connecting sidewalk with the academies building, and a pedestrian-friendly drop-off plaza designed to naturally slow traffic will be located in front of the performing arts center.

Project Specifics:


NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1150 DAHLONEGA HWY, CUMMING, GA 30040
BUILDING AREA: 81,006 SF
SITE AREA: 31.2 acres 
DESIGN CONTRACT AWARD (Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center and Academies of Creative Education): $55,628,250
FINAL COST: TBD
CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHOD:
Proposal



CONSTRUCTION PLANNED: 20 months
FINAL CONSTRUCTION DURATION: TBD
SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION: Fall 2021 (est.)
FORSYTH CO BOE: Mr. Tim Amerson, Facilities Planner
CONTRACTOR: Carroll Daniel Construction Co.
PRINCIPAL-IN-CHARGE: W. Valdon Smith, Jr., AIA
PROJECT ARCHITECT: Jan Selz, AIA