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 The design concept for the proposed parking facility at Cannon Street and Courtney Drive is the product of contextual influences and the opportunities and constraints presented by the site. The design concept “floats” the mass of the parking garage above an open, inviting pedestrian environment which extends under the umbrella of the structure. This will activate the street edge and provide pedestrians with protection from the weather and adjacent traffic. The design also includes the relocation of MUSC’s Public Safety Department to the first floor. This office will provide Public Safety with additional operational capacity in an expanded space. Employees parking in the garage and pedestrians in the Medical District will benefit from Public Safety’s presence.

The garage is organized in three bays with the center bay containing the ramp between floors. The lowest level contains ADA parking to maximize space for vehicle stacking upon entering and exiting the garage. High speed gates and advanced vehicle recognition systems will allow for faster vehicle ingress and egress. The upper levels are optimized for parking efficiency while still providing a safe environment for drivers and pedestrians to navigate.

The site cast concrete structure is clad in a system of horizontal terracotta louvers, which are strategically spaced to allow air flow and light into the garage while addressing the City of Charleston’s design requirement of screening cars from street view. Custom perforated metal panels incorporating abstracted branding images from MUSC are located above garage entry and exit points to provide visual cues for motorists. The design of the garage responds to the Charleston typology of buildings with a contemporary massing strategy focused on creating a light, bright and inviting environment.


Richland Library Wheatley is located in the historic Shandon Neighborhood in Columbia and serves a socially and economically diverse community. The community sees the library as their “neighborhood library where people know your name." The renovation of the interior emphasizes and takes inspiration from the neighborhood coffee shop or bookstore concept, where you would go to hang out, read, or talk to your neighbors. The renovation of the exterior will address maintenance improvements, such as, re-roofing and new storefront glazing.

James Island Town Hall

A community meeting was held in August of 2016 to unveil the proposed design for the new James Island Town Hall on Dills Bluff Road. Designed by Liollio, the facility is approximately 6,000 square feet and consists of Town Council Chambers and Administrative Support and Offices. In October 2015, the community was engaged in a design charrette to help define the vision of the architectural language. The design explores a local vernacular familiar to James Island, embracing a restrained and sensible structure conveying a simple interior and exterior tied to a linear plan. The building is sited to be respectful of the majestic trees that occupy the property, with a front porch that will welcome all visitors. Mayor Woolsey and members of Town Council envision the new complex as being the living room for James Island. With the design stages completing soon, construction is anticipated to begin soon. Completion of construction is estimated early 2018.


The University of South Carolina Beaufort is proposing a new higher education facility for their Hospitality Management Department, serving as a resource for Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, and Jasper County’s thriving hospitality industry. The two-story facility will consist of general educational classrooms, a tiered classroom for use by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a teaching kitchen, beverage lab, seminar rooms, research library, fabrication lab, conference rooms, and faculty offices. The program also includes an academic commons with a café for student use and community engagement. The overall project design is intended to be harmonious with the natural surroundings, incorporate island character, and reflect the island’s ecological design principles and sustainable practices by achieving Green Globes sustainability certification. The site design focuses on preserving the island’s natural aesthetic through sensitive redevelopment. A proposed kiosk at the site’s intersection with Pope Avenue incorporates signage referencing the school along one side of the kiosk for commuter wayfinding, while a majority of the kiosk is dedicated to housing Hilton Head Island bicycle path maps and eco-tourism information. The architecture of the kiosk reflects the language of the proposed building, while promoting the Hilton Head Island aesthetic. The overall design limits unnecessary disruption to the environment, enhances the existing natural elements, incorporates natural materials and finishes, and reflects the character of both Hilton Head Island and USCB, blending the two into a cohesive unit.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse c.1859

Cape Lookout Lighthouse, c.1859, is located at the Cape Lookout National Seashore on the South Care Bank in North Carolina. It is 163 feet tall and constructed of load-bearing brick walls and is topped with a metal and glass lantern. The lighthouse is painted a distinctive black and white diamond pattern. Liollio’s effort includes the exploration of a range of feasible treatment alternative actions and identification of a preferred action for the structural repairs and improvements throughout the lighthouse. Liollio is also investigating options to remove existing exterior coatings and apply a new paint system appropriate for long term preservation of the structure.


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