William Robinson Schoolhouse

The SchoolHOUSE

Flywheel partnered with Beacon Blue on the rehabilitation of the historic William Robinson School into the area's first green condominiums.

Phase 2 of the project includes the new construction of townhomes, built in a style sympathetic to the surrounding Summerville Historic District. The SchoolHOUSE received LEED Gold certification in June 2011. 


Designed by Willis Irvin and built in 1927, the school is sited on the corner of William and Katherine Streets, and is just a short walk to Augusta State University, the Appleby Library, and many places of worship. The SchoolHOUSE is designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards set up by the U.S. Green Building Council. The reflective metal roof reduces cooling costs, Solatubes direct natural light into rooms, and new energy efficient windows mimic the originals. These and many other innovative daylighting and ventilation techniques mean The SchoolHOUSE uses an average of 30% less energy than a conventional condominium facility.

The SchoolHOUSE caters to those who want to scale down without having to move far from family and old friends. "Folks can walk their kids or grandchildren to school or church or the park, and get to leave the mowing and upkeep to someone else," notes Clay Boardman, who counts Enterprise and Sutherland Mills, the Widows Home and the Houghton School amongst his preservation success stories.

Full project details are available at www.schoolHOUSEaugusta.com.