Archive for July, 2010

SW + A helps with Coastal Carolina’s first green building!

Coastal Carolina University has opened the Adkins Fieldhouse, the first green building on campus.  The Fieldhouse is expected to earn LEED Gold certification.  The 55,400 square foot facility was built at the north end of Brooks Stadium, home to CCU’s football team.  A 9,000 square foot weight room and all of CCU’s Athletic Staff offices are located within the fieldhouse.  The exterior of the facility incorporates light colored surfaces to reduce its heat island effect.  Open grid pavements and pervious pavers were used to allow storm water runoff to infiltrate the soil, which reduces the amount of water leaving the site.  SW+A’s Ike Boatwright, P.E., LEED AP provided civil engineering and construction administration services for the project.

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New Fountain Inn Project

Seamon Whiteside + Associates will provide master planning services for the Woodside Mill District of the City of Fountain Inn,  SC.   The district sits in a strategic location adjacent to the city’s downtown and S.C. Route 418.  Working with the city and other stakeholders, SW+A will develop a district plan and identify priority investment areas for the city to attract private residential and potential commercial development.  Supporting SW+A will be TRG Consulting who will prepare a market study and review of development opportunities with their feasibility testing.

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“Barn Jam”

The Importance of Community Gathering Space

– Cameron Clements, Landscape Architect

I recently had the opportunity to visit a “Barn Jam” at AwendawGreen, a community get together located behind the Sewee Outpost in Awendaw.  The setting was amazing; a fixer-up barn nestled under two towering live oaks that created a micro-climate from the hot summer temperatures.  People brought their lawn chairs and coolers stocked with beer and ice-cold beverages and sat back to enjoy the evening. It was a gathering of friends and neighbors who share a common interest in live, local music (mostly of the folk variety). I can’t say enough about the diverse talent I saw, not to mention the tasty kabobs cooked up by friends from the Sewee Outpost. It was one of those magical evenings where you realize just how important it is to have public spaces for people to meet and interact with one another, and we owe our thanks to Eddie White, the man who conceived the idea. Eddie, for his part, mingles through the crowd introducing himself so that strangers become friends, and newcomers feel as welcome as any seasoned veterans perched under the trees. The admission is free;  although AwendawGreen does do a great amount of charity events, so if you’re interested in going, check out the website to see what they’ve got going on. Places like the AwendawGreen make you feel proud to be a Charlestonian, and they help us all to understand the difference we can make, in creating a space for people to come together.I just want to thank the volunteers that put this together; they are doing such a wonderful thing for their community.  Having places like these have made this town feel like home.

The event occurs every Wednesday throughout the summer, so be sure to come by sometime!

Photo Quote:  “The band “Brother’s Outlaw” kicking off the night with their guitar and mandolin duos paired with fun lyrics.”