merryhill school @ orlando ave.



Building size

  • Total Area:  19,160 s.f.
  • 270 Students
  • Preschool – 8th Grade

building program

  • 14 Classrooms
  • Library
  • Science Lab
  • Open Air Cafeteria
  • Outdoor Cafe Courtyard
  • Administrative Offices
  • Conference Rooms
  • Staff Lounge
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Storage

site program

  • 66 Parking Spaces
  • 1 Bus Parking Space
  • 3 Playgrounds

general contractor

  • AE Porter Construction, Inc.


Remodel of an Insurance Claims Building

A vacant car insurance claims center in Roseville, CA was transformed into a private school for Kindergarten through Eighth grade. Aiming to salvage as much of the existing building as possible, the design team was able to configure classrooms around the existing core plumbing and window locations. The open configuration of offices was ideal for adapting to individual classrooms along a corridor spine. Original adult restrooms remained in place. Vaulted open space of the original car service bays was transformed into a cafeteria featuring windowed garage doors that can open up the entire façade to an outdoor courtyard for students. Allowing the students to have indoor/outdoor dining at lunch when the weather is pleasant. The doors roll down from the ceiling of the double-height space to seal off the interior when required. The glass surfaces of these structures ensure they receive plenty of natural light from the transparent wall.

to eliminate demo costs

A Sport Court was Used.

A perforated surface basketball court was applied over the original asphalt parking and storm drainage system. This surfacing material reduces stress on joints and reduces downtime resulting from rainy weather. The sport flooring was shimmed up to create a level surface over the sloping lot and allow rainwater to flow freely underneath. This prevented the need to demolish a large portion of the existing parking lot. Leaving the original surface and storm drainage in place, we were able to save the costs of involving Civil Engineering to recalculate and grade a new drainage system.

childcare is Our Specialty

From Concept to Completion,

We represent our clients every step of the way.

services provided on this project:

feasibility studies

site programming

concept site plan

building program

concept building plan

building design

zoning documentation

construction drawings

interior design

permit submittals

value engineering

costing administration

mechanical engineering

electrical engineering

plumbing engineering

construction management

From Our Founder

Make Your Own Opportunities

Some times finding the best location for your business means renovating an existing building.  With a little ingenuity and a lot of creativity, we can turn just about any building into a school or childcare center.

creative design solutions

What We Can Do For You

Feasibility Studies.  We compare multiple locations by analyzing parcel size, geometry, zoning requirements, available utilities, local demographics, and project complexity. 

Building Design.  We marry your program, size, and style preferences with regional materials and local community characteristics to create a building that is unique to your location and your brand.  

Construction Management.  We manage the bidding process, attend weekly conference calls, and monthly site visits.  We track the schedule and costs to make sure you get open on time and that you’re treated fairly. 

Turn-Key Services.  We walk with you every step of the way through design and construction as your advocate.  We organize your service providers and utilities to make the move-in process smooth. 

we help you plan it

Feasibility Studies

Site Programming

Concept Site Plan

Building Programming

Concept Building Plan


we help you design it

Building Design

Zoning Submittals

Interior Design

Construction Drawings

Permit Submittals

we help you build it

Construction Management

Bidding & Negotiating

Value Engineering

Contractor Selection

Costing Administration

we help you manage it

Turn-key Services

Utility Accounts

Security System Vendor

Maintenance Vendor

Schedule Deliveries of FFE

Let’s Start Something New.

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2950 Cherokee St. NW, Suite 600 kennesaw, ga 30144 1.678.398.7744 info@calbertdesign.com