Haw Creek Elementary School
Education — Cumming, GA

Haw Creek Elementary School

This new 145,575-square foot slab on-grade, steel frame elementary school contains a central atrium space, gymnasium, music room, administrative areas, kitchen, media center, and cafeteria. The school's design is the first of its kind and has been used as a prototype for future Forsyth County elementary schools. Each classroom has access to natural daylight and features its own water source heat pump to individually control room temperature. The completed school serves 1,175 students.

McCarthy simultaneously constructed this school and the new Lakeside Middle School in the same district. Both two‐story buildings are located on a shared 96‐acre campus. The two buildings were designed in tandem to provide visual continuity on the campus. Design features include red brick exteriors with dark bronze roofing and gutters, as well as coverings overexterior doors and bus loading areas.

During construction, McCarthy worked to overcome unforeseeable challenges, including one stemming from the overall economic downturn. After a concrete subcontractor defaulted, McCarthy looked to its own resources to perform site concrete work such as sidewalks and entry ways throughout the campus. The ability to shift gears and manage unexpected circumstances helped McCarthy remain on time and on budget for the delivery of these schools.

Bricks Used
1 Million
Square Feet


  • James W. Buckley & Associates, Inc.

The simultaneous construction of two schools with the same contractor was a first for our county – and we could not have been more impressed with McCarthy. The entire team’s honest and professional nature resulted in two beautiful facilities that will further enhance the success of our students.

Robert Sewell, Chief Facilities & Operations Officer
Forsyth County Schools


Bobby Campbell

Bobby Campbell

2727 Paces Ferry Rd SE
Building 2, Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30339