Plans unveiled for Academy for Academics and Arts in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - For the first time, designs for the Academy for Academics and Arts' new building in Huntsville have been made available for public viewing.

Director of Operations Jeffrey Wilson presented them to the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education.

The magnet school will be housed in the former and soon-to-be renovated Ed White Middle School building, with some additional structures added and the front of the building set to receive a facelift.

"We are bringing forth the best of the past and melding it with the designs of the future," said Wilson.

The plans detail a multiple-use media center with an internet-cafe type of environment.

"You will notice the creative use of curved spaces," said Wilson as he highlighted the places in the room where students can sit and do work.

Modern architectural themes reflect the arts are important throughout the building.

"We just wanted to highlight the dance, painting, thespian masks," said Wilson while showing panels on the outside of the building that would highlight what the school has to offer.

A new 500-seat theater would also double as the school's storm shelter in times of emergency, able to shelter the 1,300 students and staff.

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