Fuller Group has provided structural design for a large number of public and private institutions throughout its history. From a public charter school in Greensboro, NC, to a preparatory school in Aiken, SC, along with university improvement projects, our engineers have been providing structural design services on a variety of educational buildings for many years.
School design offers the opportunity to provide concepts for buildings that affect our neighbors and friends throughout the Southeast. It is this sense of contributing to the community that makes structural engineering for educational facilities especially rewarding.
The firm’s focus in recent years has been for private schools (primary and secondary) as well as for technical schools and colleges. In addition, Fuller offers building envelope design services for educational buildings.
Horse Creek Academy
Fuller Group worked with Mussman Architects for an Upper School addition to Horse Creek Academy in Aiken, SC. Site constraints and schedule dictated the project being constructed in two phases with Phase 1 opening in August 2021 and Phase 2 in December 2021. In all, the Upper School is approximately 50,000 sq.ft. houses classrooms, student commons areas, cafeteria, band, music, and various careeroriented specialty labs.
Completed in late 2020, Revolution Academy is a public charter school located in Guilford County, North Carolina. Fuller Group partnered with Mussman Architects to facilitate this project. In its inaugural year, Revolution Academy served 500 students. The school was founded to address an unmet need for more charter schools serving the growing area.
Presbyterian College – Neville Hall Renovation & Expansion
Fuller Group worked with Craig Gaulden Davis to restore the architectural icon of Neville Hall at Presbyterian to its original splendor when first built in 1907. The building is a domed, Georgian Revival style structure and serves as an important focal point for the historical liberal arts campus. As part of the project, the structure was restored, renovated, and expanded to meet the changing needs of its student body. New features included the activation of green space, additional academic classrooms, and a new student lounge.
Fuller Group’s scope of services included the structural design of various components within the renovated original structure. The most prominent feature was the reopening of the original rotunda from the ground level up through the third floor that was infilled during earlier renovations in an effort to maximize the office space within the building. Another major interior renovation included the demolition and reframing of the existing second floor above the new auditorium.
Beyond the renovations to the existing structure, the major structural scope consisted of the design of a three-story addition to the back of the existing structure. The addition totaled nearly 16,000 sf and is LEED certified. The superstructure consisted of a steel frame with concrete slabs on a metal form deck supported by wide flange beams and girders. The addition was isolated from the existing construction via an expansion joint at the interface of the new and existing structures.
North Greenville University
As North Greenville University has grown over the past fifteen years from a small college to a bustling dynamic university campus, Fuller Group has been privileged to provide structural engineering services for many of the new facilities, as well as renovations to some of the existing buildings. Working as a member of a larger team serving the University has allowed Fuller Group to develop long-term relationships that are beneficial in understanding the school’s needs and architecture.
Fuller has provided structural services for the University from the design of renovations to the historical J.H. Roe & Co. building in 2002, to the recent completion of the beautiful Todd Prayer Chapel. Some of our employees’ children have previously graduated from the University, and one is currently a student there, which makes the design of these structures even more meaningful. All projects partnered with Robert C. Cashion, Architect.
Fuller Group’s ongoing list of projects completed at the university incliude:
- Student Activities Center/Dining Hall
- Residential Halls
- Billingsley Performing Arts Theatre
- Todd Prayer Chapel
- Craft/Hemphill Center
- Renovations to existing academic,
administrative and athletic facilities