Otis Brock Elementary School, Savannah, GA

Symbol of Local Resolve to Rise Above School’s Problematic Past

Hussey Gay Bell is the Architect and Engineer of Record for the new Otis J. Brock, III Elementary School, named in honor of the late Otis J. Brock, III – a Savannah native who served as the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s Chief Operating Officer.  The new $18 million school features 96,000 square feet of new high-tech classrooms, gymnasium, kitchen and cafeteria with a stage, media center with computer lab, art room, music room, teacher workrooms and resource rooms; funded under ESPLOST II.

“When the students walk in, they can walk into something they are very, very proud of,” said Principal Maggie Walker.

The design approach included the use of a new prototype design for 650 students by Hussey Gay Bell with a core capacity to accommodate 900 students.  It was constructed by Elkins Construction, LLC on the site with the existing school which was later demolished.

Otis Brock Elementary School
Savannah, GA

The imposing new school building is a stark contrast to the now demolished 50-year old flat-roofed relic which originally stood adjacent to the new school. In 2017, the new school was dedicated as a symbol of the local resolve to rise above the school’s ignoble and historic past and today features beautiful classrooms and amenities catering to youth.