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30 Years of Ingenuity

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Kenny Seamon and Stuart Whiteside have always been about doing things differently.

In 1985, after working together for a number of years, the two entrepreneurs decided to create a new company with a unique approach. That approach was based on the idea that the environment should be designed and work in harmony with its natural surroundings. Kenny combined his planning and landscape architecture experience, with the engineering expertise of Stuart, to create the design firm we know today as SeamonWhiteside+.

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Over the next few years, the company flourished, and another principal was added to the executive team, landscape architect, Lee Gastley. The balance and combination of knowledge in civil engineering and landscape architecture made SW+ the only firm in Charleston with both services under one roof.

The SW+ team have completed countless projects during the three decades they’ve been in business, many of them becoming treasured landmarks in the community. From soccer stadiums to farmer’s markets, to parks and amphitheaters, to residential, commercial and mixed use properties, SW+ has done it all since it’s beginning. Along the way, delivering quality results while building lasting community partnerships.

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Over the next few months, leading up to our 30th Anniversary celebration, we’re going to look back and revisit some of our more prominent and relevant projects that are part of what makes the company who we are today. These ‘Legacy Projects’ tell the story of our 30 years in business, and will help us celebrate our exciting anniversary year!


Sandness Designed Golf Courses Make Florida’s Top 75

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Kurt Sandness & Tom Lehman

In a previous incarnation, our Director of Strategic Land Development, Kurt Sandness, ran his own successful, internationally-recognized golf course architecture firm, Sandness Design Group.

In fact, it was during the design of a couple of golf course residential developments—Regent Park in York County, SC and at StillWaters Golf Club in Dadeville, Alabama—that SW+ and Kurt became acquainted and founded the relationship that 20+ years later has Kurt at the helm of our Construction Administration/Land Development department. It is in his role as golf course architect that Kurt has gained his most recent recognition.

The January 2015 issue of Golf Digest magazine contains a list of the Top 75 golf courses open to the public in Florida. Two of the courses designed by the Sandness Design Group, the Lake Jovita South Course (#41) and the Lake Jovita North Course (#55) in Dade City, Florida, have made the list. Working with pro-golfer Tom Lehman, Kurt completed the multiple-award winning South Course in 1999 and then followed up that success with the North Course in 2005. One of the more interesting and challenging aspects of the South Course is the 94-ft drop at the Par 5, 11th hole. It is the largest natural elevation change for a golf hole in Florida.

Many thanks to Golf Digest magazine for some well-deserved recognition for our friend and colleague and for a fantastic start to 2015!


SCDNR Choses SW+ Project as Low Impact Development Case Study

 

SeamonWhiteside has long been a proponent of smart ways to limit development impact on the environment. Our cooperative civil engineering and landscape architecture departments have successfully crafted practical, low impact development designs for numerous projects throughout the state and beyond. Recently, the SC Department of Natural Resources chose one of these projects,Local LID Case Study: Laurel Oak Grove, James Island, SC, as a case study illustrating LID techniques for use in their upcoming Low Impact Development in Coastal South Carolina workshops.

Local LID Case Study: Laurel Oak Grove, James Island, SC

Local LID Case Study: Laurel Oak Grove, James Island, SC

Congratulations! on a project well designed and executed are in order for the SW+ Laurel Oak Grove Project Team:

Jenny Palmer, PE, Civil Engineering
Russ Seamon, LEED AP, Land Planning | Urban Design
Bill Eubanks, FASLA, LEED AP, Land Planning | Urban Design
Kenny Seamon, PLA, Land Planning | Urban Design
Rusty Blake, PE, Construction Administration