Archive for March, 2011

There’s No Place Like Home…

On Saturday (March 26), several SW+A staff volunteered to help the Charleston based charity Operation Home get some things done around the house for a local homeowner. Operation Home works with low-income, seniors, and special needs households throughout the Tri-county to make sure that their homes are both accessible and livable. This weekend’s project involved building a handicap ramp for the homeowner and adding a bit of landscaping to make home a bit more welcoming.

 

SW+A would like to thank Jason James of Ecoscape for generously donating the plant material that went into the landscape improvements and also recognize our employees, Cameron Liebetrau and her sister Landon, Sara Joyce, Lee Gastley, Rusty Blake, William O’Neal, Ike Boatwright, and Betsy Ellingson, for giving their time and talent to this very worthwhile project. Way to go everyone!


SW+A Proposes Three Plans for Greenwood Farmer’s Market & Historic Railroad Center

Employees of Seamon Whiteside + Associates (SW+A) and its Urban Edge Studio branch are back in the office today after conducting a week long charrette process in Greenwood, SC.  Three plans were drawn up for a new farmer’s market and historical railroad center in the Uptown region of Greenwood.

Throughout the week, the designers took ideas, suggestions and votes from community members on how they envision their farmer’s market and railroad museum.  Over the next three months, SW+A be inputting the information gathered from focus group meetings into a final design for June.

Take a look at the three proposed plans:

The Green Scheme calls for 42 stalls in the farmer’s market, as well as a multipurpose pavilion, playground and three rail cars relocated from the current railroad historical center to the site.

The Red Scheme provides 32 stalls for the farmer’s market, plus room for additional stalls inside a multipurpose pavilion.  The plan makes room for a demonstration garden and seven rail cars.The last of the three plans, is the Yellow Scheme.  It houses 38 stalls for the farmer’s market, a plaza area, playground and six relocated rail cars.

To follow the design process, give feedback or view more images, become a fan of the farmer’s market and railroad canter on Facebook:  Uptown Greenwood Farmer’s Market Master Plan and Greenwood Railroad Historical Center Master Plan.


SW+A’s Sanders and Anderson’s Complete the Street Committee to hold public meeting

Throughout the country, public awareness of the benefits of biking and walking/running for recreation, fitness, stress relief, and as an alternative form of transportation has been increasing exponentially. As the movement towards healthier lifestyles gains momentum, residents are coming together to plan and build safer networks of bike lanes and walking trails. According to the League of American Bicyclists, South Carolina currently ranks 33 out of 50 for bicycle friendly communities, a ranking that communities like Anderson are working to change.

A group of volunteers came together to form Anderson’s Complete Streets committee, which includes long time SW+A Greenville staffer and biking enthusiast, Blake Sanders, to address the need for bike and pedestrian paths in the city and to plan for where those paths should be developed. On Tuesday evening, March 22, 2011, the group will host a public meeting to discuss the issue will be held at the Anderson Recreation Center.

Local newspaper the Anderson Independent Mail has published an informative article about Tuesday’s meeting and the Complete Streets committee.


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