Columbia Theological Seminary | Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center

Decatur, Georgia

Columbia Theological Seminary

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The upgrades and renovation to the former Simons-Law building create a more welcoming and visible entrance to the late 1920s building by the addition of the new bell tower. Construction consisted of two main elements: a 20,000 sf renovation to an existing building and the construction of a new 13,000 sf classroom building. The renovation scope of work included interior demolition to the three-story building that housed the campus bookstore, classrooms and administrative space. In addition to the interior finishes, work to the existing building included restoration to masonry and terrazzo, new widows and a new synthetic slate roof.

The new single-level classroom building features lecture halls with state-of-the-art technology and learning capabilities.  Notable to the new building is the 80-foot tall bell tower designed to hold Carillon bells. The tower lobby features reclaimed wood flooring from over 100-year-old oak trees that once stood within the new building’s footprint. The new building features a cloister space which is utilized as an outdoor classroom as well as an outdoor space for school functions and celebrations.

This project is LEED Gold Certified.