Gwinnett School of Math, Science & Tech, Lawrenceville, GA

Gwinnett’s First STEM Certified HS Continues Path Of Excellence

GSMST is Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) first charter school and is devoted to teaching students who show a strong interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  GCPS is the largest school system in Georgia.  This unique project presented Hussey Gay Bell with the challenge of designing a 1,200 student STEM high school (with expandability to 2,000) on a small 25-acre site shared with two (2) existing schools. Rather than tearing down the older schools, Hussey Gay Bell’s creative solution called for the complete renovation of the former elementary school and special education school and incorporating them into the new High School design. By renovating 100,000 SF of existing usable space, the owner realized great savings in construction cost and time. The old schools were converted into the kitchen/cafeteria area and 40 state-of-the-art general purpose classrooms. The new 260,000 SF tower was carefully designed to fit between the existing buildings. The new tower added 80 new teaching spaces comprised of general purpose classrooms, science classrooms and various specialty labs along with administration, lecture halls, band and chorus, and the media center. The need for future expansion to 2,000 students was accomplished by providing shell space on the fifth floor.

Since completion, this project has been awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Concrete Institute in the Mid-Rise Buildings category; was the first high school in Georgia to be STEM certified (2013); has received the Platinum Award in the Highest Performance category from the Georgia Department of Education; and has been ranked the best high school in Georgia numerous times.

Gwinnett School of Math, Science & Tech
Lawrenceville, GA

This unique project presented Hussey Gay Bell with the challenge of designing a 1,200 student STEM high school (with expandability to 2,000) on a small 25-acre site shared with two (2) existing schools.

Hussey Gay Bell's Status Re: COVID-19

Dear Clients, Industry Partners and Friends of the Firm:

Throughout Hussey Gay Bell’s 62-year history, we have seen times of prosperity and times of struggle. The common denominator during these six decades has been our commitment to our clients, employees and the communities in which we serve. As we now face the COVID-19 crisis, this resolve is no less diminished. 

Currently our offices in Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Atlanta, Nashville and Statesboro are open and operating, per jurisdictional guidelines. Our leadership team continues to monitor the fluid COVID-19 situation and has adopted new procedures within our offices to ensure the health and well-being of Hussey Gay Bell's greatest asset - our employees and associates. We are adhering to recommendations from the CDC and limiting face-to-face interactions, restricting non-essential travel, and utilizing video conferencing and other smart technologies for communications. We have also developed contingency plans so that we remain in a position of strength to continue our projects remotely, if and when needed, for the weeks and months to come. 

While the typical way we interact with you may be temporarily disrupted, we remain resolute in our dedication to providing the same level of exceptional service you deserve. Thank you for the continued trust you have placed in Hussey Gay Bell for all of these years. We are committed to a high level of service to you, despite these difficult times. We will all emerge from this crisis stronger and more resilient.

Stay safe!

Sincerely,

G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE

Hussey Gay Bell CEO & Chairman