SCAD Indian Street

The proposed project is a new 250,000-square-foot residence hall between West River Street and West Indian Street in Savannah, directly adjacent to Alexander Hall.

The site is close to several of SCAD’s facilities, marking a significant student population in the area with no nearby student housing. This project presents a unique opportunity to provide more housing for students near these academic facilities, and construct a statement building that will be visible from downtown Savannah, Georgia.

The concept for the building is similar to that of SCAD Forty, which opened on the Atlanta campus in Fall 2019. The current design provides 804 beds in typical two-bedroom, four-person semi-suites, and 14 beds in studio single units, for a total of 818 beds. Two Resident Director apartments are being provided. On the first floor, a dining hall will serve students in this residence hall as well as students that are using nearby academic buildings. A penthouse event space similar to Forty is planned, with a capacity around 300, and a roof deck looking south towards downtown. Some new parking is being provided on site along a new drive between the residence hall and Alexander Hall, and in several spaces at the dock area along River Street; SCAD and Clayco are concurrently developing a parking garage across Indian Street in a separate project.

This project is nestled on the west end of downtown with splendid views of the Savannah River and the historic district.

The building includes a loading dock accessed from River Street, taking advantage of the natural slope of the site northwards towards the river. Additional program elements include a convenience store, housing suite with offices for Resident Directors and a conference room, and a central laundry room. Each residential floor will have a central common lounge, a small study lounge at the end of each corridor, central trash room with access to a trash chute, housekeeping room, and alternating data/electrical rooms. The event space will have a pre-function lobby, catering kitchen, public restrooms, AV room, and storage space.

The design architect for the garage is LJC and the design architect for the residence hall is Mackey Mitchell.  Clayco is the design-build contractor for both and this will be 6th project Clayco has done for SCAD.


Savannah College of Art and Design


Savannah, Georgia


246,053 SF | 818 Beds


  • Architect: Lamar Johnson Collaborative Mackey Mitchell Architects