Since it debuted last July, the Charles R. Drew Junior and Senior Academy has been LEED Gold certified and likened to "an ultra-modern airport terminal." On the occasion of the Charlie Yates Campus' one-year anniversary, the architecture firm that spent three and ½ years conceptualizing and building the school, Perkins+Will (designers of high-profile, local projects such as the Atlanta Beltline), led Curbed on an informative tour of the grounds. The $55 million middle and high school includes 28 classrooms (many divided by operable partitions), a robotics lab, kiln room and great expanses of energy-efficient glass. Leading the tour was Neda Hannay, a Perkins+Will senior technical coordinator who was instrumental in the project's design. At one point, she joked, "My high school, we hardly had windows!"
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