Tag Urban Design

Projects: The Boulevard

Following the Coleman Boulevard design guidelines written by SW+A’s urban edge studio and expertly crafted into an overlay ordinance by the Town of Mount Pleasant, The Boulevard represents the first mixed-use parking garage oriented project to be built on Coleman Boulevard!

One of the challenges when developing infill projects is typically the amount of space you have to work with. This was definitely the case with The Boulevard. While the new overlay zoning allows higher density, the design maintains a balance between offering more living space with increased public space along Coleman and the creation of quality open space within the project.

SW+A approached this challenge by utilizing our stormwater ponds as amenities that contributed to the open space and overall aesthetic of the project. We also used pervious pavers as part of the drainage solution. It is important to test the soils for good infiltration rates in order for pervious pavers to work effectively. SW+A looks forward to more infill projects where we can employ innovative design and engineering techniques that will contribute to a great public realm.

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!

Urban Land Institute Discusses Haywood Road

On March 17th, I participated in a ULI (Urban Land Institute) meeting in Greenville, S.C. The session was led by Joe Pazdan, AIA of McMillan Pazdan Smith, and the topic of the discussion was the Haywood Road Master Plan. About 100 people attended.

Dan Roberts, AIA (Clark Patterson & Lee) and I made a presentation on the master plan process and recommendations. It was a special day for Dan, since he is Irish, and the session was held on St. Patrick’s Day. However, no green beer was available.

The presentation was followed by a panel discussion. The panel consisted of Kevin McOmber (Clark Patterson & Lee), Jeannine Bowers (Duke Energy), Nancy Whitworth (City of Greenville), Michael McNicholas (Carolina Holdings) and Gaye Sprague (Sprague & Sprague Consulting Engineers). Bill Misiaveg of Carolina Holdings was the moderator.

Urban Edge Studio and the Greenville office of SW+A were on the design team for the project, led by Clark Patterson & Lee. About a year or so ago we facilitated a week-long charrette held in a vacant storefront in the study area that was very well received and attended.

The solution involves marketing the area as Greenville, S.C’s  “Uptown” and guiding the suburban redevelopment through a hybrid form-based code. Some of the first initiatives include a signage program, a model intersection improvement, and placing utilities underground in what amounts to a “pilot project” between the City and Duke Power. My part of the presentation focused on the form-based code aspect of the project and the important of getting the streets right – and knitting the street network back together.

Even in this economy, the general mood in the session was very positive concerning the future of the Haywood Road area. While the mall is aging but strong, everyone realizes that could change in the future and they need a good “road map” for how the area evolves. After all, there is an entire Web site devoted to dead malls and everyone in retail knows malls are not the way of the future.

Haley, Russ and I enjoyed leading the charrette effort and planning process and are thrilled that the city of Greenville is moving forward as quickly as they are with some of the early initiatives. Greenville does not mess around when things need to be done! We see a great future for Greenville’s Uptown!

Bill Eubanks, FASLA