The FORTY Residence Hall & Event Space at SCAD Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Mackey Mitchell Architects


An Award of Excellence winner in the ACI GA Chapter’s 2019 Dan Brown ACI Awards, the new 14-story FORTY student housing community located on the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) is an all-precast structure that offers both apartment and suite-style housing for SCAD students.

The ground floor of the 183,000-SF residence hall contains lounge space, residence life office space, and a coffee bar. A terrace located above the ground floor lounge is accessed from the first floor, with tensile sails supported between the residence hall and the outer terrace providing shade for the terrace. The first floor includes a central laundry room lounge, resident director apartment, and student suites.

The upper floors of the residence hall contain a mix of student residential units, providing a total of 592 student beds in the building. The top level serves as a partial story for event space, support space, or a rooftop terrace.

Produced at Metromont’s Hiram, GA plant, the structure is comprised of exterior, loadbearing walls with EPS insulation with a gray color concrete mix and cast-in form liner. The floor and roof are constructed with Metromont’s proprietary MetroDeck precast slab system, which includes insulation cast-in at our plant and a field-applied topping to help transfer diaphragm loads and provide a level floor.

Construction of the SCAD Atlanta residence hall was completed in an amazing six months, beginning March 2019 and ending August 2019.