Spelman College Laura Spelman Rockefeller Hall

Atlanta, GA

Laura Spelman Rockefeller Hall was constructed in 1918 and occupies a prominent site on the historic Spelman College quadrangle. Originally the Home Economics building, Laura Spelman Hall was designed by the renowned Atlanta architecture firm of Hentz, Reid & Adler. A facility assessment study identified numerous deficiencies with the historic structure. Thus, Spelman College decided to vacate the building for one academic year and complete a thorough renovation of the building.

Carter was hired as program manager for the historic renovation which would include student residential, academic, and support space on the building’s three levels. The facility included 40 beds composed of 8 single-occupancy rooms and 16 double-occupancy rooms with group bathrooms, gathering and study spaces on the upper two floors. The ground floor space supports lounge and meeting rooms, a psychology lab, technology lab and a conference room with state-of-the-art audio/visual and teleconference systems.

The renovation included a new slate roof, complete re-pointing of exterior masonry and restoration of historic limestone accents, insertion of an elevator and new egress stairs, all new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and voice/data systems, and new finishes throughout the building. The building was connected to campus chilled water and steam loops, and each student room has individual temperature control. An outdoor terrace was constructed in the rear yard of Laura Spelman Hall, providing students with additional social and study space. The project was awarded LEED™ Gold certification.

After successfully completing this project on-time and on-budget, Spelman hired Carter to program manage the construction of Read Hall, the school’s new fitness and wellness center, which is now complete.


Program Management
Student Housing Programs


Menefee Architecture


Winter Construction Company