By Gary Paetau, senior vice president, Carter; and Tom Lawrence, vice president, Carter
Spelman College is an Atlanta institution that holds a deep-rooted historical significance and is distinguished as America’s oldest historically black college for women. So when Carter was selected 18 months ago as program manager for renovations to the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Hall at Spelman College, we were honored.
After completely gutting the interior and restoring the exterior, the 20,000-square-foot residence hall is ready to serve a new generation of students.
Designed by Atlanta-based architecture firm Hentz, Reid and Adler, the historic building was completed in 1918. After more than 90 years of service as the home economics program, nursery school, and residence hall, the building has now transformed into a 21st century education and living space.
The way students live, work and play is an ever-evolving process. Carter assisted the project team in preserving the historical significance of the building and provided for the lifestyle of today’s students. The renovated hall now consists of study space, technology space, Social Justice Program offices and a 40-bed student housing facility.
The successful project was due to a team partnership, which included Spelman College, Carter, Menefee Architecture and Winter Construction Company.
Carter led the team in initiating the change of this historical structure on Spelman’s campus into a renewed, sustainable building and at the same time maintaining the building’s historical integrity and originality. Documents have been submitted for the building’s certification as a LEED Gold building.