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The SW+ Legacy: Carolina Park


There are some projects that seem to take on a life of their own. For SeamonWhiteside, Carolina Park in Mount Pleasant is at the top of the list. As our fifth Legacy Project in our blog series, Carolina Park is the perfect example of the type of spaces we love to create – those that fulfill every aspect of life. Our efforts at Carolina Park more than 20 years ago created a thriving community that allows residents the means to live, work, learn and play.

SeamonWhiteside was first contacted about taking on the role of master planner for Carolina Park back in 1990. The tract’s original owner, the late Ben Marino, envisioned the 1,700-acre property as an integrated community, not simply a housing tract, and looked to SW+ to help bring the design to life.

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During the initial years of the project, SW+ worked with Marino and his partners to fine-tune the master plan into a living, breathing concept that incorporated single, multi-family and specialty residences, supported by a library, schools and fire station. Our team worked tirelessly with the Town of Mount Pleasant and Charleston County to craft a plan that would work for municipal leaders, the development team, the ownership and the public.

Over the years, SW+ has completed numerous subdivision layouts, engineered miles of roads, designed streetscape and utility infrastructure, and shepherded dozens of permits through the regulatory process. Today, we continue to carry Marino’s vision forward with help from the property’s new, dynamic ownership, Carolina Park Development, LLC, national home builders, commercial development companies and the Town of Mount Pleasant.

A few of our key projects in Carolina Park include:

Carolina Park Children’s Center

Carolina Park Amenity Center

The Active Park at Carolina Park

Mount Pleasant Hospital (Roper-St Francis Health)

Sewee Academy Elementary School (Currently in design)

Below are a few photos from the project that show the lifestyle the space offers.


Lights, Camera, SW+

As we continue to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, it seemed like a fitting time to film a new corporate video. Last week, our office (normally) filled with drafting boards and nerdy landscape architect software, was invaded by a multitude of camera equipment and production lights, accompanied by the talented crew from Hed Hi. With the help of Obviouslee in the producer’s chair, our goal with the video is to reflect on our company’s history, feature a few current project sand envision our bright future of continued growth. It’s been such a privilege to impact the development of Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and the Upstate over the last thirty years. We look forward to sharing the finished video come November!

Here are a few outtakes from the filming of the video:

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The SW+ Legacy: International Center for Automative Research


Our Legacy Project blog series has taken us around the Lowcountry to showcase projects that have been significant to our company’s growth and culture. On the last post, we introduced readers to Clemson University’s Military Heritage Plaza, a project that was instrumental in the development of our Greenville office. Since our move into the Upstate, we’ve been able to utilize our staff’s unique skill set and expand our workforce, to create memorable landmarks in the Greenville area, many of which impact the learning and living environment at Clemson University, such as the International Center for Automotive Research.

CU-ICAR Master Plan

Commonly known as CU-ICAR, SeamonWhiteside’s staff members collaborated alongside nationally recognized firms like Andropogon and Smith Group, JRR in the preparation of the campus master plan that took over two years to complete. SW+ also provided civil engineering and landscape architectural services for several office/education facilities on the campus. Since our initial involvement almost 10 years ago, the team has attended numerous project meetings and site visits to work through the challenges of building on a site with multiple construction efforts taking place at one time. SW+ staffers, Bill Eubanks, Clint Rigsby, Chris Watson and Joe Bryant have worked with the evolving campus from the master plan through design and construction of the final Technical Neighborhood I project, One Research Drive.




The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research serves as a leader in the development of public/private partnerships that have immeasurable economic impact for both local and state economies. The research and development that happens within its campus garners world-wide attention and acclaim almost daily. The Technology Neighborhood One (TN1), the first phase of CU-ICAR’s 250-acre master plan, created a unique urban environment in which both students, professionals and information technology all coexist. The 30-acre TN1 not only offers advanced degrees in automotive engineering, but also serves as a hub for automotive research and development. Within TN1, SW+ has been responsible for the design of the Navarro Garden, AutoPark, Innovation Place (including green roof), Center for Emerging Technologies and One Research Drive (currently under construction.)

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Clint let us know that if you look closely you might find pavers that have small tiger paws engraved in them throughout the plaza. He also let us in on a secret. Since cars are sometimes on display within the Graduate Engineering Center, a Humvee H1 was used to define the final geometry of the pedestrian ramp into the building. Word on the street, Joe Bryant drives a mean Humvee.