CITY OF CHARLESTON FIRE STATION #11
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.
USC BEAUFORT HILTON HEAD ISLAND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT FACILITY
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. In association with Bialosky Cleveland.
JAMES ISLAND TOWN HALL
The new James Island Town Hall on Dills Bluff Road 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. Completion of construction is estimated early 2018.
LOUIS WARING, JR. SENIOR CENTER
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.”
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