SCAD Museum of Art

Savannah, GA
ARCHITECT:
Sottile & Sottile and Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture
CONTRACTOR:
The Carson Company
Metromont Project Details

Project Overview

The SCAD Museum of Art project is a 65,000-square-foot expansion of the original Greek Revival museum which once served as the headquarters for the Central of Georgia Railway.

The addition incorporates the ruins of the adjacent rail depot, built in circa 1853. The fragile state of the ruins posed a significant challenge as construction had to be done within the perimeter of the remaining brick walls. Add to that, the necessity for the new structure to provide permanent stabilization to the age-old brick façade while also establish a seamless transition from new construction to old.

Utilizing an insulated, precast wall system for the structure allowed for minimal site disturbance and required little to no lay-down area. An insulated concrete form system was employed where walls were constructed behind the historic masonry; stainless steel helical ties were driven through the Savannah Gray Brick and into the forms. Concrete was then poured to secure the ties and support the historic structure. A thermal efficient insulated precast concrete wall with a coquina stone finish takes the place of the missing masonry to finish out the exterior architecture.

Project Details

65,000-square-foot expansion of National Historic Landmark
Existing museum building once served as the headquarters for the Central of Georgia Railway
23,487 SF C-Grid Wall Panels

Architectural Details & Finishes

Distinctive facade incorporating brick ruins of railroad depot against a modern precast concrete and glass curtain wall backdrop
70,000 repurposed bricks originally handmade by slaves hundreds of years ago
Insulated precast wall panels with Coquina stone finish and smooth, steel trowel interior finish

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"Metromont was an excellent partner and worked seamlessly, closely to collaborate almost as an extension of our design team. It’s incredible how quickly it all came together.”
Scott Johnston
AIA Johnston Design Group
"The precast concrete design was able to meet the stringent performance requirements of the structure while providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable final product at an affordable price point."
Ben Townes
Townes + Architects
"Metromont’s team embraced our idea and got their whole team on board. It’s one thing for sales managers to want to make architects happy, but to have the plant manager, the finishing crew foreman and engineers fully engaged is something else. Metromont was extremely cooperative – the project was a win-win for everyone.”
K.J. Jacobs, AIA
McMillan Pazdan Smith

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