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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. Participants have the opportunity to pursue interests, interact with their community and share their experiences, and are encouraged to continue their independence. The building functions are distributed along a clerestory-lined main axis for easy way-finding. Outdoor gardens, trails, and four Pickle Ball Courts provide a true escape for participants. The facility is designed to reflect the ideals expressed through a series of community workshops: access to nature, substantial daylighting, small group social spaces, room flexibility, interior and exterior rooms. 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.” 


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 proposed two-story building 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 to reflect the island’s ecological design principles and sustainable practices by achieving Green Globe 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.


As Richland Library defines the Library as Studio, the new Ballentine branch is one of the first testing grounds for the implementation of innovative programming concepts. Community meetings and focus groups revealed a strong identity of art, craft, and connection to nature. A sloped, wooded site and the desire to create a refuge that is interconnected with the outdoors led to the concept of a treehouse library that incorporates outdoor program space and extremely flexible indoor domains. The space program was developed through mapping activities that form the basis for program components within the dominant domains of Education & Growth, Teen Engagement, and Arts & Literature. An outdoor deck, reading great room, puppet theatre, built-in activity wall with reading nooks, maker space, and an art studio are key features. A completely flexible approach to defining space with furnishings makes the library eminently adaptable throughout the day.


This small branch library serves a community with a long rural history and a strong vision for future development. The master plan for the Town Center district of Blythewood lays the framework for an urban fabric. The renovation and addition to this existing branch is a pioneering civic project for both the town and the Library as Studio. The identity of the library is rooted in a back porch feeling, and has a primary focus on children’s services. Outdoor program spaces seek to connect to the larger community through park settings and neighboring ball fields, and the interior program has a market square concept to provide maximum flexibility for multi-faceted programming within a small footprint.


Richland Library St. Andrews is one of the larger locations in the Richland Library system, and serves a diverse community with a high level of creative energy, including a very active guitar club. With a focus on teen engagement and career advancement, the renovation and expansion of this urban site seeks to soften the hard edges and weave outdoor program space into the library experience. A theme of imagination and innovation drives the exploration of program components. Collaborative gathering spaces are added to the footprint, including an entry plaza and reading garden. Technology access is woven through the domains and activity-based programming is supported by flexible multi-faceted spaces and furnishings.


South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s mission is to grow South Carolina’s economy by fostering sustainable tourism economic development and effectively marketing our state to increase visitation and improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians. SCPRT and Liollio are focusing on the visitor experience and the traveler’s first impressions of the State established through the Welcome Center design. The new designs allow the expression of the buildings to respond to the surroundings, culture and location. A warm and inviting center is achieved through building materials, form, color, textures, and a front porch element acting as the main entry. An innovative aspect to this project is related to service design. South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is piloting new customer service that is similar in many ways to Richland Library. Moving from fixed central desks to roving staff, with multiple technology-based interfaces from iPads to touchscreens to kiosks, the design of the new Welcome Centers blends a local identity and sense of place with the broader context of tourism in South Carolina. A flexible, adaptable space with mobile furnishings and integrated technology is the primary focus of these projects.


The former St Elizabeths Hospital campus is a National Historic Landmark Site that was founded in 1855 as a Government Hospital for the insane. The original hospital building was a variation on the Kirkbride plan that sought to use building design and organization to provide a more humane treatment environment. The massive undertaking being led by Goody Clancy is perhaps the largest public building project since the Pentagon. Once completed, the campus will comprise roughly 4.5 million gross square feet of office and related space for approximately 14,000 employees. The campus will serve as the consolidated headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security including a National Operations Center and individual headquarters forFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)Transportation Security Administration (TSA)Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Liollio’s role in this historic project has been to complete an assessment, documentation and cataloguing of all exterior windows and doors for 16 buildings. Following the extensive on site evaluations, Liollio will complete window schedules and details that layout existing conditions and necessary repairs for each window. Read more about the GSA Development of St. Elizabeths Campus here.


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