Category Civil Engineering

SCDNR Choses SW+ Project as Low Impact Development Case Study

 

SeamonWhiteside has long been a proponent of smart ways to limit development impact on the environment. Our cooperative civil engineering and landscape architecture departments have successfully crafted practical, low impact development designs for numerous projects throughout the state and beyond. Recently, the SC Department of Natural Resources chose one of these projects,Local LID Case Study: Laurel Oak Grove, James Island, SC, as a case study illustrating LID techniques for use in their upcoming Low Impact Development in Coastal South Carolina workshops.

Local LID Case Study: Laurel Oak Grove, James Island, SC

Local LID Case Study: Laurel Oak Grove, James Island, SC

Congratulations! on a project well designed and executed are in order for the SW+ Laurel Oak Grove Project Team:

Jenny Palmer, PE, Civil Engineering
Russ Seamon, LEED AP, Land Planning | Urban Design
Bill Eubanks, FASLA, LEED AP, Land Planning | Urban Design
Kenny Seamon, PLA, Land Planning | Urban Design
Rusty Blake, PE, Construction Administration


Bridgeside at Patriots Point Apartments Break Ground

Charleston Regional Business Journal
By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published August 5, 2014

Luxury apartments being constructed at Patriots Point


Daniel Corp. and life insurance company MetLife Inc. are building a 324-unit luxury apartment community in Mount Pleasant called Bridgeside at Patriots Point. (Rendering/Provided/Daniel Corp.)More than 300 new luxury apartment units in Mount Pleasant are expected to be ready for occupants in the spring of 2016.

Real estate development firm Daniel Corp., in partnership with life insurance company MetLife Inc., recently broke ground on Bridgeside at Patriots Point.

The two companies purchased 16 acres of land from LRA Charleston Bridgeside LLC in December 2013 for $7.5 million, according to Pat Henry, president of Daniel Corp.’s commercial business operations.

Three nearly identical buildings with 108 units each will be built along Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd., between the Ravenel Bridge and the College of Charleston baseball facility at Patriots Point. Four stories of units will sit on top of a parking area, according to Henry.

Daniel Corp. and life insurance company MetLife Inc. are building a 324-unit luxury apartment community in Mount Pleasant called Bridgeside at Patriots Point. Three nearly identical buildings will cost about $65 million and will sit on top of a parking area.

About $65 million will be spent to build the apartment community, which will include studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans along with a clubhouse, pool area and fitness center. Parks and jogging trails to the Ravenel Bridge are also planned.

Henry said it is too early to comment on a price range for the units, but he said they will be “among the finest luxury units in the area.”

“We expect to have a good mix of people. With all the infrastructure in place, with parks, sidewalks and public areas, access to water, the opportunity to enjoy athletics facilities and, of course, the bridge, we very much expect an active lifestyle,” Henry said.

He expects about 200 jobs will be created in the construction phase and a dozen full-time positions will be available once the facility is open.

Atlanta-based Wakefield Beasley and Associates is responsible for the project’s architectural design, and site and civil engineering services will be completed by Seamon Whiteside and Associates in Mount Pleasant. Choate Construction has been named as the project’s builder.

Daniel Corp. and MetLife recently jointly completed the Rocca Villas apartments in the Buckhead community near Atlanta. Henry said they’re also building hotels, offices and residential facilities in a multiphase development in the Midtown district of Atlanta that will span several city blocks.

The two companies recently acquired 6,000 acres of property known as the Reynolds Plantation, which is about 50 miles east of metro Atlanta, and are working on development plans for that now.

“We have a good working relationship with MetLife,” Henry said. “I’ve done a lot of work in Charleston through my career, and we’ve been anxious to return to the Charleston community. We’re so excited about this site and the opportunity to positively impact this area. It’s not lost on us that when folks are coming over that bridge that this will be the first thing they see.”

Reach staff writer Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker on Twitter.


FROM INTERN TO STAFFER, CINDERELLA STORIES FROM SW+

Like a lot of design firms, SW+ offers summer internships to college students who are finishing up their degrees and need an introduction to the working world of their chosen discipline. In our case, these budding professionals are hankering to join the ranks of either landscape architects or civil engineers. Over the years we have enjoyed meeting and working with nearly 100 interns, some of whom came back to stay. Those talented folks who became full-time SW+ staffers have a few key characteristics in common.

Focus is Key to turning that summer internship into your  career kick off.

Focus is Key to turning that summer internship into your career kick off.

  • They are honestly excited about what they do.
  • They are interested in learning and take direction well.
  • They are able to view mistakes as opportunities for growth.
  • They are enjoy working hard and having fun.
  • They are willing and able to work with a diverse range of people.

A Few of Our Cinderella Stories

Lia Tomczak is our latest summer intern to make the transition to full time working stiff. Not being from ‘around here’ – she’s a Flint, Michigan girl and a graduate of Michigan State University (Go Green! Go White!) Lia brings a different perspective with her, which adds to the mix of ideas from which great design comes. A high energy, positive force of nature, she is currently working hard with our in-house urban design group, Urban Edge Studio.

Here’s what Lia has to say about life at SW+.

“After interning this past summer, I was fortunate enough to be hired full time into the SWA/UES family. I have learned more than I could have ever imagined during my time here. I’m excited to see what the future brings!”

Daniel Merritt came to us via Clemson University. Once he got settled in his intern’s cubical and started cranking out some well-executed graphics and showing off his AutoCAD skills, it was a match made in Heaven for the landscape architecture department. Easy going and reserved, Daniel is a “rudder in the storm” kind of guy who brings a sense of calm to our sometimes overly excited group.

When asked about his experience with SW+ so far, he said;

“Since I became part of the Seamon Whiteside family, my knowledge of landscape architecture has grown tremendously, and I feel truly involved in the projects I work on. It is wonderful to be part of a company that believes in doing things the right way, and works to ensure that everything, from the overall design to the smallest of details, is designed in the best way possible.”

Jenny Craig Germuth is most definitely our Cinderella story poster girl. Jenny first joined us as a junior in high school participating in the Wando High School internship program. The program encouraged students to gain real-world experience in their fields of interest giving them the opportunity to choose the right career path. Jenny pursued SW+ with the passion of becoming a Civil Engineer one day. She worked, learned, and grew right along with the rest of us, keeping up with the seasoned vets more often than not. Upon high school graduation, she went off to Clemson and embarked on a sparkling collegiate career. After working a few years with SCDOT, Jenny came back to SeamonWhiteside where she is an integral part of our civil engineering team.

We asked Jenny about her favorite SW+ memory and this is what she shared:

“I have gained so many wonderful memories with SW+ over the last 10 years and all of them together are what make me love working here. From the daily challenges of the job to football chatter and photo-shopped pics, company parties, philanthropy, and intermural sports, we all work together and play together as one big family. If I have to choose just one memory, it would probably have to be the office throwing me a Sweet 16th birthday party after work one day. It truly reflects the loyalty and integrity of the people working here. It is easy to take pride in what you do working for a company that takes pride in its people.”

David Prohaska is the solid right hand of the Nexton civil engineering team’s lead engineer. Interning during both his under graduate and graduate school programs, David showed strong leadership and engineering design skills throughout both of his internships. Now a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional, David divides time between design and engineering, project management, client coordination, and mentoring a couple of our newer engineers.

David had to think about his question for a bit because he says there are lots of choices. We asked him, “What’s the thing you like most about your job.”

“I like the variety. Since I started at SW+, no two jobs have been alike so I’ve been able to gain a lot of experience in an assortment of different types of development quickly. It’s great that I’m not doing the same thing over and over. That daily challenges keep me interested and learning and definitely keeps me on my toes. It’s never dull.”

Who’s Next?

William O’Neal, now a Senior Engineer working with the commercial development team and Cameron Clements Liebetrau, a landscape designer who not only snagged a full-time gig with us but met her husband, former SW+ intern and employee, Ben Liebetrau, as well. We will stop by both of these SW+ Cinderella stories in the future for another look at what it takes to turn a summer internship into a career.