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Touring the Modern Marvel That Is Atlanta's Drew Charter School

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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