SW+A’s Sanders and Anderson’s Complete the Street Committee to hold public meeting

Throughout the country, public awareness of the benefits of biking and walking/running for recreation, fitness, stress relief, and as an alternative form of transportation has been increasing exponentially. As the movement towards healthier lifestyles gains momentum, residents are coming together to plan and build safer networks of bike lanes and walking trails. According to the League of American Bicyclists, South Carolina currently ranks 33 out of 50 for bicycle friendly communities, a ranking that communities like Anderson are working to change.

A group of volunteers came together to form Anderson’s Complete Streets committee, which includes long time SW+A Greenville staffer and biking enthusiast, Blake Sanders, to address the need for bike and pedestrian paths in the city and to plan for where those paths should be developed. On Tuesday evening, March 22, 2011, the group will host a public meeting to discuss the issue will be held at the Anderson Recreation Center.

Local newspaper the Anderson Independent Mail has published an informative article about Tuesday’s meeting and the Complete Streets committee.

Bill Eubanks donates time and expertise to the West Ashley Greenway

SWA’s own Bill Eubanks is using his knowledge on master plans and design to help create much needed improvements throughout the West Ashley Greenway.  All of his hard work recently paid off when the trail received a grant to help fund the project.  Way to go Bill!

SW + A helps with Coastal Carolina’s first green building!

Coastal Carolina University has opened the Adkins Fieldhouse, the first green building on campus.  The Fieldhouse is expected to earn LEED Gold certification.  The 55,400 square foot facility was built at the north end of Brooks Stadium, home to CCU’s football team.  A 9,000 square foot weight room and all of CCU’s Athletic Staff offices are located within the fieldhouse.  The exterior of the facility incorporates light colored surfaces to reduce its heat island effect.  Open grid pavements and pervious pavers were used to allow storm water runoff to infiltrate the soil, which reduces the amount of water leaving the site.  SW+A’s Ike Boatwright, P.E., LEED AP provided civil engineering and construction administration services for the project.

Check out the full article including a video here: