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James Island Officials Move Into New Town Hall

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By Alissa Holmes, Reporter/MMJ/Live5 News

Town of James Island officials have moved into the new Town Hall and we are excited to attend the Grand Opening Celebration -coming soon - Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 6 - 8pm at 1122 Dills Bluff Road. Join us for an evening of fun! Watch the Live5 News coverage here or by clicking on the image above.

James Island PSD Fire Department Donates to Sea Island Habitat for Humanity in Preparation for New Fire Station 1

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James Island Public Service District Fire Department crews assisted Sea Island Habitat for Humanity in reclaiming windows, doors and HVAC units from two properties that the JIPSD recently purchased. The residences, along with a vacant lot, will be transformed into a new fire station that is being built to relocate our current Station 1. The new site provides for better fire coverage on the Island for crews, and will provide an updated work area from the current station it will replace, having been built in 1961. The JIPSD contacted Habitat for Humanity to offer the donation of anything in the buildings that they felt would be salvageable, and crews worked with members of Habitat for Humanity to remove those elements. Visit the James Island Public Service District's site for more info and updates:

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, the third-oldest Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the world, is an independent, nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing ministry that has served its community as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1978 and has provided housing for over 320 local families. Visit to learn more.


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Groundbreaking Ceremony to be held at 1835 Savannah Highway on August 24, 2018 @11 AM.

Please join Mayor John Tecklenburg, Charleston Fire Chief Daniel Curia, members of City Council and other invited guests at a groundbreaking ceremony for Fire Station 11. Parking at the site is limited and attendees are encouraged to carpool. Spaces at the adjacent Charleston 9 Memorial Site (1807 Savannah Highway) will be reserved for dignitaries, members of the media and special guests. A limited number of spaces will be available to attendees off of Wappoo Road adjacent to the bike trail.

Liollio Architecture’s Liz Corr in Leadership Charleston’s Class of 2019

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Liollio Architecture is pleased to congratulate Liz Corr, AIA, for being accepted into Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Charleston Class of 2019 program. Leadership Charleston is a highly sought-after professional development opportunity established in 1974. The Liollio team celebrates Liz and all 60 participants in this 45th Leadership Charleston class.

For more than 44 years, the Chamber has offered Leadership Charleston, a 10-month program of community immersion and interactions with diverse leaders. The program’s mission is to identify and motivate emerging leaders and to develop their leadership potential by introducing them to the realities, opportunities and challenges of our civic and business communities. Participants are selected via an application process.

The 45th Leadership Charleston class will experience the power of working with other community leaders and organizations for positive growth and advancement of the region. Upon graduating in May 2019, class members will become Leadership Charleston Alumni, a distinguished group of leaders that includes Chamber Board of Directors, elected officials and prominent local leaders.

Visit the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Charleston site here for more information.

The Library You Need to See in Every State & D.C.

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St. Helena Island Branch Library Chosen as South Carolina's  Must See  Library.

St. Helena Island Branch Library Chosen as South Carolina's Must See Library.

By Kari Huus

Even in the digital age, there is a brick-and-mortar library at the center of nearly every U.S. community. Across the country, there are hundreds — some steeped in history, some filled with rare manuscripts, while others boast top-flight modern architecture. What follows is a compilation of the top pick in every state (in alphabetical order). You don’t have to be a big reader to make these destinations worth checking out. While you’re traveling, put them on your agenda.

South Carolina's St. Helena Island Branch Library, built in 2012, was featured as the must see library in South Carolina. View all of the libraries here or by clicking the image above.

Renovation Progressing on Former Lagunitas Building

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Lagunitas Brewing Co. vacated the building last year and building owner Heights Equities is giving the property a total renovation. (Photo/Patrick Hoff)

Lagunitas Brewing Co. vacated the building last year and building owner Heights Equities is giving the property a total renovation. (Photo/Patrick Hoff)

By Patrick Hoff

Plans to renovate the building at 161 East Bay Street, formerly home of a Lagunitas Brewing Co. brewery and taproom, are coming together, according to one of the owners.

Brenden Maloof, a principal at New Jersey-based commercial real estate firm Heights Equities Inc., said right now he’s working on interior demolition to bring it “back to its original warehouse roots, brick to brick walls,” before Heights Equities launches into renovations.

“It’s had basically 100 years of just unfettered people putting one thing on top of another thing,” Maloof said. “There’s four or five different electrical systems and nothing really works anymore and it’s just time to clean up the building and get it back to what it was.”

Lagunitas began repairs on the building last year, but the brewery vacated the property when it became clear that the building needed more work than they were willing to put into it. Heights Equities, which purchased the building in 2013, took over the repairs from there.

Maloof said he’s working with Liollio Architecture to design the new interior space, with the building’s first floor remaining restaurant space and turning the second and third floor into an event space. Maloof said there isn’t a tenant for the restaurant space yet, and he predicted it would be another year before demolition and construction are complete.

“We’re still in the midst of getting our partnership together and doing what we’ve got to do,” he said. “But that plan is pretty solid.”

To finance the project, Maloof is using money from the $4.5 million sale of Terrace Plaza on James Island, which was purchased by a group that includes Paul Brown, the owner of the plaza’s Terrace Theater.

Heights Equities bought the shopping center in 2016 for $3.7 million because the company liked the neighborhood and liked the theater, Maloof said.

But the center ended up not fitting with the Heights Equities portfolio, he said. All of the firm’s other commercial properties are triple-net —meaning the tenant pays taxes, insurance and common area maintenance, among other costs — but Terrace Plaza wasn’t, requiring Maloof to be a more hands-on landlord.

Also, Maloof said, “there was a lot of deferred maintenance issues, so we had to go through and deal with a lot of that. So the property wasn’t quite as profitable as we had originally thought because of the deferred maintenance; and the parking’s always an issue there, which is not to say that it can’t be fixed, but it’s a big problem. ... We didn’t really want to go through that.”

Heights Equities owns several other properties in the Charleston area, including beach rental houses on Sullivan’s Island, a Red Lobster in North Charleston, and a historic residential property on South Battery.

Spotlight On: Camilla Atkinson

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A native of Richmond Virginia, Camilla relocated to Charleston to join the Liollio team in April. She gained valuable office management experience working the past 13 years as an Operations Coordinator for building supply company, Mid South, in Richmond. Camilla joined our team, leading Liollio's front door focus as our Office Assistant. We are excited to welcome Camilla to the team and happy to have her on board. After giving her time to settle in, we sat down for a little Q&A with our new August Spotlight On feature.

How long have you lived in Charleston?
I have lived in Charleston for 4 months.

Where did you grow up?
Richmond VA

Are you married?
Not married, however, I am in a committed relationship.

Do you have children?
No children but I have a 4-year-old niece that I adore.

What do you like to do when you have free time?
When I have free time I enjoy going to listen to live music and meeting up with friends and family for dinner and drinks.

Do you have any pets? If so, tell us a bit about them.
I have 2 cats. Madison is a calico and is very sassy. Brooklyn is a tuxedo cat and has a sweet and loving demeanor.

What building have you visited that most impressed you?
The Palace of Versailles. It’s an architectural and artistic wonder dripping with gold.

What is your favorite country you have traveled to and why?
Italy. The culture & atmosphere is so beautiful. Taking in all of the architectural details, breathtaking landscapes, friendly people, fashion, wine and delicious cuisine is unforgettable!

What is your favorite restaurant?
Layla’s on King St. I love Lebanese/Mediterranean food.

What’s your favorite place in Charleston?
My favorite place in Charleston is Sullivan’s Island

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food would have to be Crab cakes.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
I would be a dolphin because they are playful and friendly.

Who is your favorite musical artist or genre?
My favorite musical genre is Classic Rock. The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac are my favorite bands of all time.

Favorite television show?
My favorite TV shows are The Queen and Versailles.

Guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure consists of Cake and tabloid/fashion magazines.

Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why?
Venice, I fell in love with the city's unique charm. It is magical exploring the little streets and getting lost in the city.

What’s your astrological sign?

What is your personal philosophy?
My personal philosophy is to treat others the way you would want to be treated.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Trust the process. Don’t force it and trust that it will all work out the way it is intended to.

Happy 62nd Anniversary Liollio!

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Happy 62nd Anniversary Liollio Architecture! It was this day, August 1, 1956, in which our founder Demetrios Jimmy Constantine Liollio opened the doors to his own Charleston-based architectural practice, which still thrives today as Liollio Architecture. Notable projects for which he was involved include the Blessed Sacrament Church, Bank in the Oaks on James Island, and the Folly Beach Ocean Plaza.

Like today, August 1, 1956 also fell on a Wednesday and was the 214th day of the year. The next time you can reuse your old 1956 calendar will be in the year 2040. Both calendars will be exactly the same! This is excluding the dates for Easter and other irregular holidays that are based on a lunisolar calendar.

The year 1956 in architecture involved some significant events:

Buildings Opened
Price Tower, Bartlesville OK, United States, Frank Lloyd Wright
Theater Münster, Germany, Werner Ruhnau, Harald Deilmann, Max von Hausen & Ortwin Rave
Council House, Bristol, England, Vincent Harris
Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico, Augusto H. Alvarez
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia

Buildings Completed
Capitol Records Building, Hollywood CA, World's 1st round office building, Welton Becket
S. R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Mies van der Rohe
General Motors Technical Center, Warren MI, Eero Saarinen
Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga, Latvia, designed by Lev Rudnev
Maisons Jaoul, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, Le Corbusier
Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore, India, Kengal Hanumanthaiah
Bank of England Printing Works at Loughton, Howard Robertson
Rødovre Town Hall, Denmark, Arne Jacobsen
St Mark's Church, Stockholm, Sweden, Sigurd Lewerentz
Faculty of Letters Building - University of Reading, England, Howard Robertson

SC Welcome Center at Fort Mill Nationally Honored with 2018 Brick in Architecture Best in Class Award

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Fired-clay brick offers unlimited aesthetic flexibility, and is an integral part of any sustainable, low maintenance building strategy.
— Ray Leonhard, BIA’s President & CEO

The 2018 Brick in Architecture Awards honor 19 winners for outstanding design that incorporates clay brick. Judged by a jury of independent design professionals, the Brick Industry Association’s (BIA) preeminent design competition awarded five Best in Class, five Gold, five Silver and four Bronze awards from 88 total entries.

Liollio is honored to receive a 2018 Brick in Architecture Best in Class (Commercial) Award for the new SC Welcome Center at Fort Mill! Five Best in Class projects were awarded among the 19 winners. Congratulations to all who made the SC Fort Mill Welcome Center project a success - and all award recipients!

All competition entries will be featured in the Brick Gallery on Brick in Architecture's website. The National Brick in Architecture Awards showcases the best work in clay face and paving brick from architects across the country in the following categories: Commercial, Education - K-12, Education - Colleges & Universities (Higher Education), Residential – Single Family, Residential – Multi-Family, Paving & Landscape Projects, and Renovations. Best in Class winners receive national recognition through a special Brick in Architecture insert in the December 2018 issue of Architect Magazine. All entrants are featured on BIA’s online Brick Photo Gallery here.

Liollio would like to extend a special thank you to this year's Judges: Bill Bonstra, FAIA, LEED AP - Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS John W. Bryant, AIA, LEED AP - Sweet Sparkman Architects Ralph Cunningham, FAIA - Cunningham | Quill Architect PLLC P. Justin Detwiler - John Milner Architects, Inc. Charles Rose, FAIA - Charles Rose Architects Inc Gee-ghid Tse, AIA, LEED AP - Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

Congratulations to the entire project team: SCPRT, SCDOT, J.M. Cope, ADC, RMF, 4SE, Johnson and McCalla, and Meridian Brick

About Brick in Architecture: Founded in 1934, BIA is the nationally recognized authority on clay brick construction representing the nation’s distributors and manufacturers of clay brick and suppliers of related products. Website:

Meeting with Molly Spearman, SC State Superintendent of Education

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(From left to right) Scott Powell, AIA, Adrienne Montare, FAIA, Mary Beth Branham, AIA, Todd Sease, AIA & Andy Clark, AIA with Supt. Spearman (center)

AIA South Carolina leaders with K-12 experience met with Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education, to discuss how architects can help the state ensure that all South Carolina students have access to a safe, secure and rich learning environment. As a follow-up to the meeting, AIA SC will be compiling resources for Ms. Spearman on safe school design and the potential pitfalls of prototype plans, and forming a committee to interface with her team.  Please contact for more information or to help with data collection.

Vote for Liollio in Post & Courier's 2018 Charleston's Choice Awards!

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Voting has begun for Post & Courier’s 2018 Charleston's Choice Awards and Liollio has been nominated for Architecture Firm under the Professional Services category! Cast your votes in a wide array of categories now through July 25th. Please support Liollio with your vote by visiting and scrolling down to the Architecture Firm category. Thank you in advance for your support! #CharlestonsChoice #Architecture #Culture #Context #Collaboration

Post & Courier: SC Welcome Centers Getting Some Overdue Attention to Impress Travelers

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By Dave Munday
Jun 23, 2018

When it comes to tourism, never underestimate the importance of a restroom. Providing public restrooms and making them easier for visitors to find has been the topic of much discussion in Charleston.

Public facilities with innovative designs can be a visitor attraction in themselves, as noted by the annual International Toilet Tourism Awards. The awards by were created "to show the close link between innovative, clean toilets with great design and a successful local tourism economy — or as we like to call it the trickle down effect."

For example, a public restroom in Lucas, Kan., called Toilet Bowl Plaza, is noted as a big visitor draw. The building itself was designed in the shape of a toilet, and the inside is covered with mosaics and quirky creations by local artists.

The public restrooms at the welcome centers along the major arteries leading into South Carolina have been a prime focus lately of state tourism officials. The nine official welcome centers play a key role in the state's economic development, according to Duane Parrish, director of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

"Over 80 percent of visitors to South Carolina come by car," Parrish said. "First impressions mean everything." Eight welcome centers ring the Palmetto State, capturing visitors coming from every direction. The other one is near the middle. When Parrish took over PRT seven years ago, he said, the welcome centers were pretty shoddy and unimpressive — restrooms, vending machines, a small space to pick up some brochures or ask a question. They were only open five days a week, closed Mondays and Tuesdays to save money.

The Department of Transportation turned over maintenance to PRT in July 2014. The tourism agency got about $4.5 million from DOT to maintain the centers this year, according to DOT's budget report. The restrooms were cleaned up, landscaping and flowers added. That was just the beginning.

There are no plans to make the restrooms worthy of a Toilet Award, but the centers themselves are being overhauled. Two have been completely rebuilt in the last two years, costing about $4.5 million each. One is at Hardeeville on Interstate 95 just north of the South Carolina-Georgia state line, replacing a center that opened in 1978. The other is at Fort Mill on I-77 south of the North Carolina border, replacing one that opened in 1981.

The new Hardeeville welcome center, on I-95 just over the border from Georgia, is much more spacious and high-tech than the old one, and the exterior reflects the colors of Lowcountry sandy soil and beach sand. Provided/SCPRT/Perry Baker

The exterior of the rebuilt Fort Mill welcome center, on I-77 south of the North Carolina border, was designed to resemble the clay color variances of the Catawba pottery native to the area. Provided/Paul Warchol/Liollio Architecture

Construction on a new Dillon welcome center in the Pee Dee region, on I-95 just south of the North Carolina border, is set to start later this year. The current Dillon center opened in 1973.

The newer centers are more spacious and modern than their predecessors. Rather than just racks of brochures advertising the state's attractions, high-definition screens on the walls stream live webcams from around the state. The exteriors are designed to reflect the local culture. For instance, the new Dillon center looks like a farm house typical of the rural, tobacco areas of the Pee Dee.


The new Dillon welcome center, on I-95 south of the North Carolina border, will resemble a farm house typical of the rural, tobacco areas of the Pee Dee. Provided rendering/Jeff Lewis Architect

Parrish said the goal is not only to let travelers know about the state's attractions but to give them the impression that South Carolina is on the cutting edge. "It's not only important for tourism but also for economic development," he said. "We don't want them to look dated."

About 3.5 million visitors a year step inside the welcome centers, according to PRT. The agency spends about $1.5 million a year to staff them with trained travel counselors versed in South Carolina history and culture.

The counselors welcome visitors, answer questions, give out coupons and occasionally make reservations. The department says its counselors made about $2 million in hotel reservations last year, even though the centers are equipped with wireless Internet service so travelers can do it themselves over their phones. “It’s a chance for us to have that personal touch," Parrish said. "No matter how great technology gets, nothing will ever replace the 'human touch.'

"Businesses that cater to tourists can put their brochures in the center for free. PRT reports about $88,000 a year from selling spaces for bigger ads.

For instance, the Santee welcome center — the one near the center of the state on I-95 south, near I-26 — is the closest to Charleston, and also one of the smallest. The town of Mount Pleasant has a poster on the glass front door. It says, "Where Rush Hour is a pleasant surprise, but still leaves you speechless." There's a photo of some dolphins a driver might see while crawling over the Ravenel Bridge or Shem Creek.

Around the corner, on the path leading to the women's restroom, Drayton Hall advertises its new visitors center. Inside, a wall panel advertising North Charleston has a photo of the boardwalk at Riverfront Park with the slogan “always take the scenic route.”

The tourism department doesn't get any money from the vending machines. Those are reserved for entrepreneurs through the S.C. Commission for the Blind's Business Enterprise program, which includes hiring drivers for those who can't see well enough to drive. The policy is a federal mandate under the Randolph-Sheppard Act.

It would seem the state could make some extra money selling T-shirts or other souvenirs, but that's not allowed along interstate highways under the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.

Michael Edwards & Elizabeth Bernat Lead Roundtable at 2018 NANASP/NCOA Conference

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Liollio's Michael Edwards, Associate and Health & Wellness Leader, along with Elizabeth Bernat, Director of Senior Services at Roper Saint Francis Healthcare, led a series of roundtable discussions at the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) -  National Council on Aging (NCOA) 2018 Conference in Charleston this month. The roundtables focused on the design and community engagement process for the Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center, a Public/Private partnership between the City of Charleston and Roper Saint Francis Healthcare, to open this Fall.

The NANSP/NCOA Conference is an annual conference hosted by the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANSP) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC). The conference brings together leaders from senior center and aging organizations as well as officials from the SC Department of Aging and Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the AARP Foundation.

Michael Edwards is the Liollio Project Manager of the Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center located in West Ashley. Elizabeth Bernat is the Executive Director of the Lowcountry Senior Center and future Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center. For more information about the Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center, visit Liollio on ISSUU or view the Designing for Senior Community & Wellness Brochure.

Wharton Esherick Museum

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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

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

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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.”

Click here or on image above to see our process.

Congratulations Brighton Park Swim Club!

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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

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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

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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.