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SCAD Unveils New "Forty Five" Mixed-Use Development at SCAD Atlanta

State-of-the-art residence hall, academic space, and theater complex now open for 2023-24 academic year


The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) recently opened the doors to "Forty Five," the university’s newest residence hall and academic complex. The 14-story tower represents the completion of the final phase of SCAD Atlanta’s transformational development project on Spring Street and totals over 556,600 square feet. The new addition is Adjacent to SCAD Atlanta residence halls "Forty Four" and "Forty" and centrally connected by an open-air courtyard and outdoor gathering space.

Named for the 45 years since the university’s founding by SCAD President Paula Wallace, the new building is where SCAD students live, learn, create, and succeed in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. The top seven floors of Forty Five comprise the university’s newest residential spaces, housing over 400 students.

Nearly 27K SF of Forty Five is dedicated to SCAD Atlanta’s expanded academic facilities for the university’s top-ranked programs. The building will also be home to SCAD Atlanta’s expanded university bookstore, Ex Libris, offering textbooks, art supplies, apparel, clothing, gifts, and memorabilia. Located at street level on Spring Street, Ex Libris is open to students and the public.

“Students are drawn to Atlanta because the city offers proximity to the world’s leading companies, a thriving arts and culture scene, limitless opportunities for professional growth," said John Buckovich, VP of SCAD Atlanta and University Operations. "With the debut of Forty Five, we’ve now created a unified Midtown campus footprint with unparalleled academic excellence, resources, and engagement that will give our students a dynamic university experience and prepare them for success in their creative endeavors.”

At the new complex, SCAD Atlanta’s entertainment and performance venue, SCADshow, hosts two state-of-the-art theater spaces, a 700-seat main stage and an intimate 130-seat theater, with industry-leading projection and sound production technology. SCADshow hosts signature events, festivals, and performances throughout the year, including SCAD AnimationFest, SCAD TVfest, BAM! Black Artists in Music, and SCADstyle, among others.

Vibrant art, sculptural installations, and large-scale murals illuminate Forty Five, all from SCAD’s global network of talented alumni, faculty, and staff. The curated lineup of installations and works includes over 230 contributions by an international roster of SCAD artists from the US, Europe, China, India and South America. Further, as part of SCAD Atlanta’s expanded Midtown footprint, the university also opened 1430 on West Peachtree Street for the new academic year. The 1430 development serves as the new home to SCAD’s School of Liberal Arts and School of Foundation Studies, incorporating an additional six stories of academic space, lecture halls, and classrooms.

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