Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) recently unveiled FORTY FOUR, the university’s new 10-story residence hall, welcoming students for the 2022-2023 academic year, according to a press release. Named in honor of the forty-four years since SCAD was founded by President Paula Wallace, FORTY FOUR is the first phase of SCAD Atlanta’s development projects on Spring Street in the upper Midtown corridor.
FORTY FOUR is a 581-bed residence hall with co-educational accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students. FORTY FOUR features dormitory-style rooms, suites, and apartments outfitted with modern amenities for high-rise urban living.
Dining options for student residents at FORTY FOUR include Palette, a full-service culinary hall with a cross-section of cuisines and custom-order options, and Bodega market for coffees, smoothies, gourmet prepared foods and grab-and-go items.
A curated collection of vibrant art installations and murals from a cadre of SCAD alumni and affiliated artists adorn FORTY FOUR’s ground-level common areas including works by Kent Knowles (Associate Chair of Fine Arts; B.F.A., painting, 1997), Marcus Kenney (M.F.A., photography, 1999) and Michael Porten (M.F.A., painting, 2012; B.F.A., illustration, 2004). Each residence floor features contemporary community lounges, tranquil study spaces with Atlanta skyline views, and digital laundry services.
“The 2022-2023 academic year brings great excitement for SCAD Atlanta with the debut of FORTY FOUR, opening to rave reviews and making this location a wonderful place for our students to live, learn, dine, and shop all in the heart of Midtown,” Leslie Miranda, Dean of Students for SCAD Atlanta, said in the release. “We are thrilled for this new offering for our Bees and for the university’s tremendous growth, serving students from across the world with best-in-class academics, accommodations and opportunities.”
FORTY FOUR was completed by builder Clayco and designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects and Lamar Johnson Collaborative in collaboration with SCAD Design Group.
FORTY FOUR is part of a multi-phase SCAD Atlanta Spring Street project totaling 389,845 square feet. The second phase of the development is slated to deliver in fall 2023 and will feature additional residential space, academic and studio space, fitness and wellness facilities, rooftop pool, social gathering spaces, outdoor lawn and a new SCAD campus store.
The development’s next phase will also house an entertainment venue featuring SCAD Atlanta’s largest main stage theatre, a 700-seat auditorium and 150-seat black box theater. The theatre will be home to signature events and festivals including SCAD TVfest, SCADstyle, SCAD AnimationFest and host industry screenings and special performances open to the Atlanta community.
The opening of FORTY FOUR follows the September debut of SCAD Atlanta’s XR stage/LED volume for virtual productions, the largest at any academic institution in the U.S., according to the release.