Project Description

Bauder College

The assignment
When Bauder College outgrew its Buckhead campus, they chose the original Southern Railway roundhouse, built in 1911, as their new home. Founded in 1964 as a fashion and etiquette school, Bauder had expanded its offerings to include criminal justice, business, and medical programs, and wanted a space that was at the same time unique and multifunctional.

The buildout included 18 classrooms, 4 drawing labs, 1 CADD lab, 8 computer labs, sewing labs, admissions office, bookstore, two-story library, open common mezzanine, staff lounge, student lounge, conference rooms, test rooms, career services office, student accounts/registrar office, and a visual imaging room.

The curve ball
Moisture beneath the floors wasn’t an issue when it was a railroad repair facility, but it sure was for us, and needed to be overcome in order to apply flooring.

The biggest challenge
Renovating the old railroad roundhouse presented several challenges. When it was originally constructed, it was never intended to be used as a livable space.


  • Leapley helped the college realize its vision for a modern learning environment with a variety of teaching and study spaces, vibrant common spaces, and a student lounge with a storefront to feature students’ work.
  • Students and staff can gather in various common spaces, including the open mezzanine, the bookstore and the two-story library.

Project Type:
Higher Education

61,450 SF

Atlanta, GA

Real Estate:
Two buildings: Historic railroad roundhouse and tilt-up concrete structure

Urban loft style, open, creative