CENTER SUPPORTS PERFORMING ARTS FOR GROWING COUNTY
The new, centrally located Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center (FOCAL Center) supports the fine arts programs at Forsyth County’s 38 schools by providing much-needed performance space. It is used for larger events that cannot be accommodated by the current high schools.
The FOCAL Center’s 1,800-seat performance hall, balcony, orchestra pit, and associated technical production areas are designed to host a wide range of programs and activities. This versatile facility has a black box theatre, large rehearsal rooms that can be used for events and meetings, dressing and green rooms, a full-service catering kitchen, and a lobby with gallery space. The center provides diverse arts, entertainment, educational, business, and civic opportunities for the residents of Forsyth County and surrounding communities. The FOCAL Center is located on a shared site with the Board of Education and the new Academies of Creative Education (ACE). The site is unified by a drive which connects tree-lined sidewalks and shared parking. A green space aligns the connecting sidewalk with the academies building, and a pedestrian-friendly drop-off plaza designed to naturally slow traffic is located in front of the performing arts center.
NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
1150 DAHLONEGA HWY, CUMMING, GA 30040
BUILDING AREA: 81,006 SF
SITE AREA: 31.2 acres
DESIGN CONTRACT AWARD (Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center and Academies of Creative Education): $55,628,250
FINAL COST: $56,189,099
CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHOD:
CONSTRUCTION PLANNED: 20 months
FINAL CONSTRUCTION DURATION: 22 months
SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION: August 26, 2021
FORSYTH CO BOE: Mr. Greg Pruitt, Director of Facilities Planning
CONTRACTOR: Carroll Daniel Construction Co.