Archive for December, 2010

National Trail Advocacy Award

Out of 150 nominations, Seamon Whiteside + Associates (SW + A) West Ashley Greenway plan has been selected as the winner of the American Trails’ national Trail Advocacy Award!   The West Ashley Greenway is a ten and a half mile hiking and bike trail located in West Ashley, just outside of Charleston.

In 2008, Urban Edge Studios of SW+A devised a plan to make the greenway more practical and inviting for pedestrians by adding amenities and connecting the urban trail with other bike paths in the area.  Urban Edge Studios led the public charrette process and the master planning effort.  Way to go team!

Seamon Whiteside + Associates’ High Res Studio designs spaces for the 2010 Southern Living Showcase Home

The High Res Studio of Seamon Whiteside + Associates (SW + A) used their  landscape architectural and site design talents to create a visually striking yet low-maintenance outdoor space for the 2010 Southern Living Showcase Home. A LEED for Homes project, the design and construction team worked together to create luxurious indoor and outdoor space utilizing ‘green’ building practices.  In total 15 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits were intertwined to produce a green initiative throughout the formal and naturalistic garden designs.

Using good LEED design principals, SW + A incorporated a number of green building systems into the home’s outdoor plan. By choosing native plants that take little maintenance such as Red Oak Maples and ‘Little Gem’ Magnolia trees, adding  a rain barrel and a compost, and integrating outdoor living space with the addition of an exterior living room and kitchen, High-Res Studio was able to create a unique, totally liveable space and add credits towards LEED certification.

To learn more about all 15 LEED credits used in the Showcase Home check out the Southern Living Showcase Home’s builder, Dillard-Jones’ blog.

The house is available for viewing on  weekends now through December 19th.  Hours include: Friday from 1-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m.

Photography provided by Vass Markets, Inc.

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