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147 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 400
Charleston SC 29412



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The Old City Jail is located on a four-acre parcel set aside for public use from Charleston's earliest settlement. The jail was constructed in 1802 and remained operational until 1939. Located at the intersection of Magazine & Franklin Streets, the jail stands at the exact center of the City’s Old & Historic District. No other property of this size remains so underutilized in so prime a location. Liollio’s work adopts the methods advocated by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, as a method to analyze the scope of restoration that must occur before the building is put to future use. Without reinvestment now, the condition of the structure will continue to degrade and may become too expensive to revitalize with private funds alone. The project’s restoration and rehabilitation will create a premier mixed-use facility. This 18,000 SF structure will house a ghost tour on the first floor and separate office tenants on the second and third floors. The Old City Jail has obtained Part Two approval from the National Park Service. (Project Team: Liollio, 4SE, Live Oak & Aiken Cost)


The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit organization that strives to engage young children to explore environments and stimulate curiosity through the power of PLAY. The existing 400’ long historic Camden shed (10,600 SF) will be renovated and a 9,000 SF two-story addition will be built along Ann Street to create a new front entry and public face for the Museum. Visitors will enter through a lively exterior plaza with brightly-colored skewed steel columns inspired by the childhood game Pick Up Sticks®.  The addition includes an expanded lobby, retail space, toddler area, a two-story vertical climber, birthday party room, and new exhibit spaces. New exhibits rooted in Charleston will be designed throughout the Museum. The renovation and expansion will allow the museum to serve more families and expand outreach in the community. (Project Team: Liollio, 4SE, ADC, Newcomb & Boyd & Aiken Cost)

Matilda F. Dunston Elementary

This project for Charleston County School District is a new 75,000 SF, 500 student, pre-K through 5th grade elementary school to replace an existing pre-K through 3rd grade elementary school on the current site. Due to the lack of swing space for relocation of current operations, Liollio is tasked with designing a phased replacement while maintaining safe and secure operations of this 1950s-era school.  Dunston is an extremely popular school that has strong community ties with activities for students and families including Family Bingo Night and their famous Cinderella Ball, so maintaining access to the site for after school activities was imperative. Through an innovative phasing plan for demolition, installation of new portable classrooms and creative site design solutions, the school will be replaced within the constraints of a small site while the main portion of the original building remains in operation. The design turns existing site constraints into opportunities, preserving grand oak trees to frame views from the interior and shade in the play area, as well as orienting the footprint to have a presence along Remount Road and take advantage of views to the wetlands. The finished school will provide modernized classrooms and up to date media center, café and multi-purpose rooms, as well as computer labs and special area classrooms including: art, music, science, resource, small group and maker spaces. It will also continue to provide space for the Cub Café and soft program areas throughout to reward students’ success with the school’s PBIS program and enhance the faculty’s ability to deliver their innovative curriculum for their students for generations to come. Occupancy is anticipated in 2019. Project Team: Liollio, 4SE, Forsberg, Bihl, Owens, Trimark, REI, BRC, S&ME, GEL, System WorCx & Natural Direction)

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