Fountain Inn, SC


220,000 SF

Greenville County Schools commissioned Craig Gaulden Davis (CGD), in partnership with Perkins + Will to design the new Fountain Inn High School, a cutting edge facility with an emphasis on Advanced Manufacturing.

The new school, designed for 1,000 students with a core of 2,000 for future expansion, features a project-based STEAM educational program coupled with an Advanced Manufacturing curriculum. These programs offer specialized training to meet the growing demand for high-paying manufacturing jobs in the Upstate and prepare high-achieving students for advanced degrees. State-of-the-art technology for CNC machining, robotics, metalworking, mechatronics, and engineering is located near the entry to attract visitors, parents, and students to the high bay space as they approach. The highly visible location displays 21st-century manufacturing and its viability as a fulfilling career path.

By design, academic studios border central common areas to encourage collaboration, allowing teachers to maintain visual control of individuals or small groups working in the commons area. Raised roll-up doors offer expanded classroom space into the common area, and movable walls between classrooms encourage team teaching.

Slated to open for fall classes in 2021.