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Upon initiating the design for the new City of Charleston Fire Station 11, city leaders asked that the new building be iconic, with a meaningful  presence that would convey transparency of operation and a reverent nod to its significant neighbor. Station 11 will be constructed next to the site memorializing 9 fire fighters who perished in 2007. The program required that the fire trucks in the apparatus bay be visible from the Memorial Park.  A design inspired by historic Charleston fire station building language, the new station features an single arch opening at the apparatus bays. On the façade fronting the Memorial Park, 9 tall vertical windows pay tribute to the fallen heroes, with 9 streams of light falling softly upon the park landscape, always connecting this close family of firefighters. In addition to the 3 bay apparatus room,  the new two-story 14,000 sf facility will house the central training center, administrative spaces, sleeping and living quarters. A bell tower, reminiscent to the old training towers , defines the main entry to the building. The historic bell from the old Meetings Street Station will proudly sound, reminding all of the significance of these heroic public servants.


 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 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 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.


This three story 44,000 SF facility will modernize the business education program to prepare cadets to become leaders in the business community. The program includes a business commons for group projects, a Bloomberg Financial Services Lab, Innovation Lab, mock interview room, sales classrooms and break out rooms, in addition to flat, flexible classrooms, tiered classrooms and faculty offices. The design is sited to create a new quad of The Citadel campus and becomes a new public face to the City of Charleston. Honoring the tradition of The Citadel and respecting the architectural character, the design incorporates modern characteristics showing the institutions transition into the 21st Century with an optimism for the future. In association with Ikon.5 Architects.

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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