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Wharton Esherick Museum

Mez Joseph

Liollio's Liz Corr and husband, Brian Leounis, visited the Wharton Esherick Museum during a recent trip to visit family in Pennsylvania. The tour of his home included his early studio, loft living space and many pieces of furniture and art.

Wharton Esherick began his career as a painter but soon realized his talents as a wood worker. He created unique sculptures and furniture throughout his career. He worked primarily in wood, especially applying the principles of sculpture to common utilitarian objects. Consequently, he is best known for his sculptural furniture and furnishings. Esherick was recognized in his lifetime by his peers as the dean of American craftsmen for his leadership in developing non-traditional designs, and encouraging and inspiring artists/craftspeople by example. Esherick’s influence continues to be seen in the work of current artisans. 

His home and studio, in Malvern PA, were his largest piece of art. Especially interesting are the curved stairs to his loft living space, which were once disassembled for display at the New York World’s Fair. The buildings evolved over forty years, as Esherick lived and worked there. He continued working on the studio until his death in 1970. In 1972 the studio was converted into the Wharton Esherick Museum. The property was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1993.

For more information about the museum, visit whartonesherickmuseum.org/

Designing for Senior Community & Wellness: Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center

Mez Joseph

This City of Charleston & Roper St. Francis Healthcare project is scheduled for completion in late 2018. The scope of this project was to design a new 16,000 SF health & wellness center to be constructed on the campus of the Bon Secours Saint Francis Hospital in West Ashley. The new center will be nestled in the woods, providing the community a retreat from their daily lives to an oasis engaged with nature. The facility will provide adults age 50+ the opportunity to exercise, socialize, and engage through a variety of activities and events focused on active lifestyles, well-being and growth. Meeting the vision of the community and its users has been key to this project. As one user stated, “We want a living center, not a nursing home. We have a lot more life to live. The building should reflect that.”

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Congratulations Brighton Park Swim Club!

Mez Joseph

We're thrilled to share that Brighton Park Swim Club was awarded a PRISM for Best Outdoor Amenity by the Charleston Home Builder's Association (CHBA). Every year, the CHBA recognizes the best in real estate from marketing and design to builders and real estate agents.

The residents-only Swim Club has been a gathering place for fun and friendship. As Nexton's first resident amenity, the Swim Club boasts a junior Olympic-size pool with 6 swim lanes, an interactive splash pad for kiddos, two wading areas for a more leisurely dip, and a huge pool deck with relaxing, Caribbean-style cabanas to catch a little break from the sun.

The grassy lawn is perfect for volleyball games, family picnics or just spending time with a good book. The beautiful pavilion, complete with modern permanent picnic tables, seating and GigaFi access, is the perfect venue for a rain-proof BBQ or birthday party.

Isle of Palms Front Beach Restrooms & Boardwalk Renovation

Mez Joseph

The City of Isle of Palms selected Liollio to complete the design for renovations of their front beach restroom facility and associated boardwalk to the beach access. The prime consideration for the renovations of the restrooms was to create ventilated open-air spaces taking advantage of the continuous ocean breeze. The exterior gable ends of the facility were opened up with a lattice like system increasing the flow of the natural breeze through the building. The previously closed ceilings were opened by using a slatted system allowing better ventilation and natural lighting into all of the spaces of the restrooms. The exterior walls were strategically opened with a slatted Ipe wood system to also help increase the ventilation. New lighting and ceiling fans added to the overall finish of the restrooms. The deteriorated wooden boardwalk used for beach access was replaced with a widened boardwalk, meeting accessibility slope requirements. The boardwalk and the new adjacent shower area was designed with Ipe wood for low maintenance and longevity.

Liollio’s Alison Dawson Awarded 2018 AIA South Carolina Presidential Citation

Mez Joseph

Liollio is pleased to announce that the 2018 American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter has recognized Alison Dawson, AIA, with the 2018 Presidential Citation.

This prestigious award, presented annually by the AIA SC President, is given to members who have provided exemplary service to the membership in advancing the profession. Alison was awarded this Citation in recognition of her leadership and initiative to organize the mobile art classroom community service project team through the 2018 AIASC Leadership Academy.

A native of Charleston, Alison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Clemson University and Bachelor of Architecture at North Carolina State University, graduating with honors. Alison’s work at Liollio has varied, strengthening her design, attention to detail, communication and collaborative skills. Her recent work includes University of South Carolina historic preservation, Charleston International Airport TRIP and preservation/renovation to Charleston’s Old City Jail. Alison was honored as one of Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 2016 Forty Under 40 recipients.

Spotlight On: Pat Ogle

Mez Joseph

A native of Ohio, Pat relocated to Charleston 14 years ago. For the past 13 years, Pat has led Liollio's front door focus as our Office Manager. Though we knew it would happen eventually, we were sad to celebrate her retirement as Office Manager this month. Although we know she loved us and the beach, Pat recently returned to Ohio to be closer to family and friends. Our Liollio team will truly miss her personality and presence. Before she left, we sat down for a little Q&A with our new Spotlight On feature.

How long have you lived in Charleston?
14 years

Where did you grow up?
Marietta Ohio

Do you have children?
Yes, 2 - Stacey & Jesse

What do you like to do when you have free time?
Going to the beach.

Do you have any pets?
No, but I have grandpuppies

What was your favorite thing about working at Liollio?
The family atmosphere.

What are your plans after retiring?
Working part time and being around family & friends.

What’s your favorite place in Charleston?
Folly Beach

What is your favorite food?
Shrimp & grits

What is your least favorite food?
Anything involving raw/rare meat - yuck!

What song is at the top of your most played list or what song, if you had to choose one, is your favorite (be honest)?
Garth Brooks Friends in Low Places (Pat - we know you're not talking about us!?)

Who are your favorite musical artists?
Garth Brooks & Vince Gill

Favorite television show?
NCIS

What’s your astrological sign?
Taurus

Guilty pleasure?
Anything chocolate

Where is your favorite destination you’ve traveled to and why?
Key West - beautiful views & fabulous sunsets.

What is your greatest fear?
Snakes

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Sail a sail boat around Charleston Harbor - scary thought isn’t it?

What are your three most overused words/phrases?
Sorry, those can’t be repeated in public. :)

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Work hard but enjoy life.

What will you miss the most about living in Charleston?
The beautiful views & scenery.

What will you miss the most about being at Liollio?
The kind people that work there.

Liollio Architecture Awarded Multiple 2018 AIA South Carolina Awards

Mez Joseph

Liollio Architecture is honored to announce that the 2018 American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter has recognized three Liollio projects with four State Design Awards. Richland Library Ballentine, in Irmo SC, received a New Construction Honor Award and an Interior Architecture Merit Award. Hampton County Health Clinic, in Varnville SC, received a New Construction Merit Award. South Carolina Welcome Center at Fort Mill, in York SC, received a New Construction Citation Award. Because these projects were the result of deep collaboration with clients, Liollio would like to extend special thanks to South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control, Hampton County and Richland Library.

Events surrounding the AIASC Annual Design Conference took place in Lake City SC over the course of three days, from Wednesday, April 18 to Friday, April 20. This year, AIASC partnered with Lake City’s annual community-wide arts festival and competition known as ArtFields, artfieldssc.org. This year's theme was Community: By Design and focused on the power of art and design in creative placemaking. The Design Awards program and many other sessions were open to the community. Speakers included Michael Ford, Associate AIA, Emilie Taylor Welty, Dan Pitera, FAIA, and Trey Trahan, FAIA. The awards were juried by New Orleans LA-based juries and presented at a Design Awards Celebration held on Thursday, April 19 at The Bean Market during the AIASC Design Conference.

Liollio Architecture Elevates Andy Clark, AIA, to Principal

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 Andy Clark, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Andy Clark, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

It’s an honor to be part of a talented and dedicated team of design professionals that take pride in their work and make even the most challenging days fun and rewarding.
— Andy Clark, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Liollio Architecture is pleased to announce the elevation of Andy Clark, AIA, LEED AP, to Principal. Liollio celebrates Andy’s accomplishments and is proud to have him as a firm leader!

Andy is passionate about design and the value it brings to our clients through successful collaborations. As part of Liollio's third generation of ownership, Andy leads the educational market and has a diverse portfolio spanning educational, municipal, commercial and healthcare. “It’s an honor to be part of a talented and dedicated team of design professionals that take pride in their work and make even the most challenging days fun and rewarding.” A graduate of Clemson University, with a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Design, Andy is currently serving as the State President of AIA South Carolina, where he organized the Community: by design Conference in conjunction with ArtFields in Lake City. He has served on the Clemson Architectural Foundation Board, volunteers as a student mentor, and is a Past President of AIA Charleston, where he co-founded a free public lecture series to elevate the design dialogue in our community.

In Loving Memory of Caliope "Cally" Moraitakis Liollio

Mez Joseph

 Demetrios  Jimmy  Constantine Liollio & Caliope  Cally  M. Liollio

Demetrios Jimmy Constantine Liollio & Caliope Cally M. Liollio

Our office will be closed Friday, April 13 2018 in observance of the passing of Mrs. L, Caliope Cally Moraitakis Liollio.

Caliope Cally Moraitakis Liollio, 95, of Charleston fell asleep in our Lord on April 10, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. The relatives and friends of Caliope M. Liollio are invited to attend her Funeral Service at 11AM on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity. The family will receive friends from 5 – 7PM on Friday, April 13, at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Highway. The Trisagion Service will begin at 5PM. Cally was born in the small town of Cordele, Georgia on December 6, 1922, in the family home. She was the daughter of Stephanos and Eleni Moraitakis, formerly of Atlanta GA. As a young and newly married couple, Cally’s parents immigrated to the United States from Greece. They came to America seeking new opportunities and to start a family that would define their legacy. They brought with them their proud Greek heritage upon which they built the foundation to begin their new life. Cally was their first child…a miracle in truth, as she was the first live birth after two devastating loses. In very short time, Cally was joined by a sister Anna and four brothers George, Michael, Angelo, and Victor. She had a competitive nature and a strong will to succeed. She could out run, out-hit, out-climb and out-smart her siblings, who held her to high standards. She became quite the Tomboy but soon blossomed into one of the most beautiful young women who attended Cordele High School − and could she dance! She mastered the Jitterbug as well as all the traditional Greek dances. Upon her graduation, Cally left home to attend Georgia State Women’s College, currently known as Valdosta State University, in Valdosta GA. With the on-set of World War II, her father, who was strong, loving and protective, called her home to return to the safety of the family, now living in Atlanta. Over the next several years, all four of Cally’s brothers served in the military from the European Theatre to Korea. In the meantime, Cally began new pursuits and took a job working as a teller in a bank in Atlanta, and very soon was promoted to Supervisor. She and her siblings had many Aunts, Uncles and first cousins living in Atlanta. They were all heavily involved in the Greek community with the Greek Orthodox Church at its nucleus. Many a young man tried to catch her eye, but her heart was stolen by a handsome young Army Air Force Veteran, originally from the beautiful island of Skopelos, Greece, who was attending Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now known as Auburn University. Cally and Demetrios Jimmy Constantine Liollio first met on August 28, 1946, at the wedding of one of her cousins. By November of the following year they were engaged, and married on December 21, 1947 in Atlanta. They celebrated 67 years together and were only departed by Jimmy’s passing on February 28, 2015. Upon Jimmy’s graduation from API, they moved east and finally in 1952 settled in Charleston, drawn here by the ocean and the community of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. They made many wonderful life-long friends serving in the church together. They had two wonderful children, Andrea Mache Larkin (Raymond) and C. Dinos Liollio (Cherie), five grandchildren; Melanie Shay Jager (Sean), Stephanie Dawn Smith (Ian) and Chryse Nye Jackson (Josh), Demetrios Alexandre Liollio and Zachary Paul Liollio; and 7 great grandchildren; Michael and Gabriel Jager, Thomas and Andromache Smith, and David, Cally and Alexandra Jackson. Cally was pre-deceased by her sister Anna Cheokas and three brothers George, Angelo and Victor. In addition to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Cally is survived by her brother Michael Moraitakis (Chris) of Atlanta and his family and many nieces and nephews. Cally was a devoted wife, working side by side with Jimmy as he built his architectural firm. She had an extraordinary ability to make the people she met feel special. She was gracious and kind with a passionate spirit to serve others. Cally was a member of numerous organizations, including past District Governor of La Sertoma and 50 years of committed service to the Charleston Philoptochos Society. Her family was the focus of her life. Nothing brought her and Jimmy more joy than spending time with their beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her hobbies included anything Jimmy pursued. She was his partner in gardening, first mate in sailing and biggest fan in fishing. As a wife and mother, she was a woman of strength, always supportive, loving and compassionate, with a heart that knew no boundaries. As a grandmother and great grandmother, she was the best friend that we would ever know - a role model of grace, humbleness and always genuine. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a sharp wit. No amount of awareness ever prepares a family of the magnitude of loss her passing will create and the huge void that will result. We mourn her loss but celebrate her memory and the many lives she touched. Our family wishes to express eternal gratitude to our mother’s dedicated caretakers, Josephine, Deidre and Charlene, and also to Palladium Hospice, with heartfelt thanks to Gena. We will always be grateful. Memorial donations may be made to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity Building Fund at 30 Race Street, Charleston SC 29403. Visit the guestbook at www.jamesamcalister.com/obituary/4749695