SCAD Atlanta Unveils FORTY FOUR 10-Story Residence Hall on Spring Street

Staff Report

Friday, November 18th, 2022

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announces the unveiling of FORTY FOUR, the university’s new, state-of-the-art 10-story residence hall, welcoming students for the 2022-2023 academic year. Named in honor of the forty-four years since SCAD  was founded by President Paula Wallace, FORTY FOUR is the first phase of SCAD Atlanta’stransformational development projects on Spring Street in the upper Midtown corridor.
Boasting sweeping views of Atlanta’s Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead skylines, FORTY FOUR is a 581-bed residence hall with co-educational accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students. FORTY FOUR features dormitory-style rooms, suites, and apartments outfitted with modern amenities for high-rise urban living.
Connecting FORTY FOUR with SCAD Atlanta’s main academic location at 1600 Peachtree Street via SCAD Way, the university offers a dynamic centralized environment where students can live, learn, work, and create. Dining options for student residents at FORTY FOUR include Palette, a full-service culinary hall with a cross-section of cuisines and custom-order options, and Bodega market for coffees, smoothies, gourmet prepared foods and grab-and-go items.
A curated collection of vibrant art installations and murals from a cadre of SCAD alumni and affiliated artists adorn FORTY FOUR’s ground-level common areas. Works by Kent Knowles (Associate Chair of Fine Arts; B.F.A., painting, 1997), Marcus Kenney (M.F.A., photography, 1999) and Michael Porten (M.F.A., painting, 2012; B.F.A., illustration, 2004) create an environment that inspires creativity and imagination. Each residence floor features contemporary community lounges, tranquil study spaces with Atlanta skyline views, and digital laundry services.
“The 2022-2023 academic year brings great excitement for SCAD Atlanta with the debut of FORTY FOUR, opening to rave reviews and making this location a wonderful place for our students to live, learn, dine, and shop all in the heart of Midtown,” said Leslie Miranda, Dean of Students for SCAD Atlanta. “We are thrilled for this new offering for our Bees and for the university’s tremendous growth, serving students from across the world with best-in-class academics, accommodations and opportunities.”
FORTY FOUR was completed by builder Clayco and designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects and Lamar Johnson Collaborative in collaboration with SCAD Design Group. As the global leader in art and design higher education, SCAD Atlanta is enhancing its position of offering incomparable instructional and creative environments to foster learning, collaboration, and innovation for SCAD students as well as the greater Atlanta community.
FORTY FOUR is part of a multi-phase SCAD Atlanta Spring Street project totaling 389,845 square feet. The second phase of the development is slated to deliver in fall 2023 and will feature additional residential space, academic and studio space, fitness and wellness facilities, rooftop pool, social gathering spaces, outdoor lawn and a new SCAD campus store. The project will reinforce SCAD’s position as a leader in the city’s thriving arts scene and one of Atlanta’s premier cultural destinations. The development’s next phase will also house a world-class entertainment venue featuring SCAD Atlanta’s largest main stage theater, a 700-seat auditorium and 150-seat black box theater. The theater will be home to thrilling signature events and festivals including SCAD TVfest, SCADstyle, SCAD AnimationFest and host industry screenings and special performances open to the Atlanta community.
The opening of FORTY FOUR follows the September debut of SCAD Atlanta’s XR stage/LED volume for virtual productions, the largest at any academic institution in the U.S. The university has embarked on ambitious expansion plans to support record enrollment, an increase of 10% for the 2022-2023 academic year at SCAD Atlanta, and the most diverse student body in SCAD history, with all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands represented, as well as international students from over 80 countries. For the second consecutive year, Art & Object ranked SCAD as the No. 1 art and design university in the U.S., affirming the university’s international reputation as the preeminent source of knowledge for creative professions. For more information visit: