Archive for September, 2013

SW+ Has Arrived


We warned you last year that we had set a company-wide goal to become the best design firm in our region. With that goal came hiring top-shelf talent, improving our processes and organization, refreshing our branding and identity, and creating a new website to reflect our new and improved direction. And, because we said it to ourselves enough times (and probably to a few of you, too), we decided that we had to go through with it.  Here it is!


SW+ represents who we have always been at SeamonWhiteside + who we are today + who we want to be in the future.  By including Land Surveyors and Urban Edge Studio under one brand we think it has brought simplification and solidarity to the company.

You can find us at the new website where you can learn more about these exciting changes. But don’t worry, all the best things about SeamonWhiteside + Associates are here, too.



A Big SW+ Welcome To…






Will Waterhouse
Will graduated from Clemson in 2009 earning a degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in sustainable construction technologies. After graduation Will worked in the environmental remediation industry all over the country, including Charleston. When not at work Will enjoys the great outdoors, traveling, Clemson Football and spending time with his wife Jenny and dog, Loosey.






Justin Robinette
Justin graduated as a Cadet from The Citadel in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He is currently completing a Master of Science in Project Management with an emphasis in Civil Engineering and Leadership from The Citadel Graduate College. Justin joined the SW+A family in 2013, bringing with him four years of professional experience with state and federal regulatory agencies throughout the Charleston, SC area. His cross-over to consulting engineering requires a little ‘learning the ropes” time, which has him working closely with a team of seasoned land design engineers on a variety of project types. Locally born and raised in rural Berkeley County, Justin enjoys pursuing game in the great outdoors and is a 4×4 enthusiast. Besides work and play, he loves to spend time with his wife and their two Labrador Retrievers.






Frances Timmons
Frances graduated from Clemson in May 2013 with a degree in Civil Engineering and started working at SW+A. After living in the upstate for the past four years, she is enjoying all there is to do in Charleston. In her free time, Frances enjoys running, playing tennis, spending time with friends and family, and Clemson football!







Patterson Farmer
Patterson graduated from the Civil Engineering department at Clemson University in 2012 with an emphasis in Transportation Systems, as well as Construction Engineering and Management. He joined SW+A in April 2013. Because of the experience gained through his summer jobs and internship, his interest in Civil Design grew. Patterson is a certified EIT and plans to earn his P.E. license in 2017. During his free time, he enjoys most anything outdoors from playing golf to fishing with friends.






Kurt Sandness
Kurt has been involved in the planning and construction of real estate communities since 1990. A graduate of Florida Southern College, he has had the privilege of working on projects in a variety of locales ranging in size from traditional neighborhoods to mixed-use communities encompassing more than 3,000 Acres. These experiences have provided him with a solid base and understanding of the real estate development process. As a member of the SW+ Team, he serves as a key component guiding and assisting clients and consultants through conceptual planning, entitlements, engineering, permitting and construction in order to achieve the aesthetic, functional and economical goals of the project.

Kurt’s personal motto as written by Will A. Foster, “Quality is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”

Slope Collapse Triggers Emergency Road Design


When unprecedented rainfall hit the upstate this summer, a slope failure at 51- year old upstate college nearly closed their Perimeter Road for the fall semester necessitating emergency road design.  SW+ was contacted by long-time client, Tri-County Technical College, to assess the slope failure and provide recommendations. Classes were scheduled to begin at the popular technical college in less than a month,  so developing a quick plan to provide a bypass road was critical.

Emergency Road DesignServices Necessary Due to Slope Failure

Slope failure along the entrance road caused by excessive summer rain.

SW+ reached out to Collins Hammett Construction to provide construction services for the emergency road design solution. Working together, SW+ and Collins Hammett were able to get the clearing and grading of the alternate road started within two days of completing the damage assessment.  In just three weeks, Collins Hammett and SW+ had successfully designed and constructed a bypass road around the failing slope on the college’s Pendleton Campus.  When classes began for the fall semester, this very important bypass road was vital to the traffic at the college.

SeamonWhiteside’s Greenville office is now developing construction drawings to remediate the slope failure and provide permanent stabilization to the affected area.

Tri-County Technical College has been providing secondary education since 1962. The college serves Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee counties in the upstate of South Carolina.