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SeamonWhiteside & Green Heart Project Complete First of Three Urban Gardens

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SeamonWhiteside and Green Heart Project are excited to announce the completion of their first urban garden together at Sullivan’s Island Elementary. Since announcing their partnership earlier this year, SeamonWhiteside, and local nonprofit, Green Heart, have solidified plans to design and construct urban gardens at three local area schools. On September 21st, the first of those gardens will be opened for children attending Sullivan’s Island Elementary to enjoy.

“We can’t be more thrilled with how this project turned out, and look forward to seeing it in action with the students of Sullivan’s Island Elementary ” said Drew Harrison, the Executive Director of Green Heart Project. “The partnerships with Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, Charleston County School District and SeamonWhiteside have made our mission of connecting students to healthy food through school gardens possible. It truly was a community effort, and we are ready to get started on our next project.”

Green Heart will begin installation on the newest garden beds at Meeting Street Elementary @Brentwood on September 19th. SeamonWhiteside has assisted through the entire garden design process including an architectural consultation, charette, construction drawings and budgeting.

“Our team is looking forward to working side-by-side with Green Heart to break ground on the second urban garden,” said Russ Seamon, the Director of Projects at SeamonWhiteside. “This partnership gives us the opportunity to give back to our community by doing what we love – building meaningful spaces for people.”

Through the hands-on learning experience of growing an urban garden, the farm-to-school programs put on by Green Heart teach students the value of healthy, local food while reiterating classroom curriculum, teamwork, respect and entrepreneurship. The school gardens are maintained through class sessions and weekly volunteer hours. From seed to harvest, students participate in every aspect of the agricultural project.

Green Heart envisions sustainable gardens flourishing across Charleston County, and there are plans for a third garden to be constructed before the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

Community members are invited to the ribbon cutting of the Sullivan’s Island Elementary garden, 2015 Mike Perkis Place, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482, on September 18th at 2:45pm. The unveiling of the plan for Meeting Street Elementary’s urban garden will take place on September 22nd at 3:30pm at 2685 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405.

To see more photos from the Sullivan’s Island Elementary School build, click here.

About Green Heart Project: Founded in 2009, the Green Heart Project is a 501©3 non-profit organization that builds urban gardens and farm-to-school programs in the Charleston Area. With a high value placed on health, education and community, the Green Heart Project pairs local volunteers with students to maintain school gardens while teaching academic standards and interpersonal skills. By doing so it looks to educate students and volunteers about healthy, local foods while fostering lasting relationships and building community. For more information on how to get involved, please visit our website at www.greenheartsc.org. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@GreenHeartCHS)!

 


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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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!