Groundbreaking Aviation Facility
A renovation designed by MSSA transformed a 1950s standalone gymnasium into the first airplane hangar on a high school campus in Georgia, and only the second in the United States. The building now accommodates the first comprehensive high school aviation program in Georgia.
The Griffin Region College and Career Academy’s Aviation, Maintenance, and Pilot (AMP) educational program is housed in this facility. The program’s three pathways are flight operations, aviation maintenance, and unmanned aircraft systems. Flight operations students have an opportunity to take their FAA Private Pilot written exam, unmanned aircraft students may earn their Part 107 FAA Remote Pilot certificate, and aviation maintenance students can take steps toward becoming an A&P mechanic. The facility offers machines and presses to shear and bend sheet metal, airplanes that the students can assemble and disassemble, large airplane parts, training modules for system repairs, and flight simulators, as well as a welding booth and a paint booth.
HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION AND MODIFICATION
221 SPALDING DRIVE, GRIFFIN, GA 30223
BUILDING AREA: 73,278 SF
SITE AREA: 6.21 acres
DESIGN CONTRACT AWARD: $1,730,000
FINAL COST: $2,377,436
CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY METHOD:
CONSTRUCTION PLANNED: 14 months
FINAL CONSTRUCTION DURATION: 14 months
SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION: July 24, 2020
GRIFFIN-SPALDING COUNTY BOE: Mr. Bruce Ballard, Construction and Facilities Director
CONTRACTOR: Lichty Commercial Construction, Inc.