Category SW+A Greenville

Third Year GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail Study Shows Recreation Projects Do Pay


All too often, municipal parks and recreation projects are viewed as nothing more than a non-revenue producing amenity for local residents; a point of view that the National Recreation and Park Association has long been working to change. A new study released this month by the Greenville Recreation District shows that the 14 mile Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail brought in $6.7 million to the Greenville area during the June 2013-2014 period. A healthy increase over the previous two years for both usage and economic impact.

DSC03061The report, completed by Furman University Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Dr. Julian Reed, tracked the impacts that the trail has had on economic, health and fitness, and real property values in along the Greenville – Traveler’s Rest corridor as well as the greater Greenville area. At least seven new businesses with a direct connection to trail users have opened along the route including restaurants, bike rentals, B&Bs, and grocery ‘corner store’ retailers.

SeamonWhiteside worked with the Greenville Recreation District to design and engineer the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail. The project completed in 2010 was constructed for $6.2 million. The three annual survey reports are available on the Greenville County Parks, Recreation and Tourism website.

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.

Civil Engineering Project Coordinator Needed – Greenville, SC

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The successful candidate will serve as a Civil Engineer/Project Coordinator and will be expected to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.

Responsibilities will include effective client management, preparation of plans for land development projects, including hydrology and hydraulic studies, reports, site plans, grading and utility plans, erosion control plans and roadway design. Attendance at regulatory land use meetings may also be required. Responsibilities will expand as experience is gained.

Desired Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • E.I.T. licensure (minimum) P.E. a plus
  • B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college
  • Three to six years’ work experience
  • A strong desire for continuous professional and personal development and improvement
  • Design and coordination of work on multidiscipline projects ranging from preliminary land development through full permitting for all aspects of civil design including but not limited to:

*         zoning issues
*         grading and drainage
*         erosion control
*         stormwater management
*         road design
*         water & sewer systems

  • ¡  Prepare engineering design and plan production on a variety of land development projects.
  • ¡  Assist with conducting research, performing site evaluations, and preparing drainage reports.
  • ¡  Coordinate with other engineering teams and the landscape architecture departments within the firm.
  • ¡  Advanced AutoCAD and Civil 3D skills
  • ¡  Ability to work independently in a team environment & to effectively manage time
  • ¡  Proficiency in a wide variety of software programs
  • ¡  A valid driver’s license

Benefits include vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, heath, prescription & dental insurance

SW+A is a tobacco-free workplace.