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Sullivan's Island Elementary Building Tour - June 18

Rendering provided by Cummings & McCrady, Inc. Rendering by Dale Watson Illustrator

Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, a 500 student K-5 elementary school for Charleston County School District, is located on Sullivan’s Island SC seaward of two early 20th century concrete gun emplacements built for coastal defense. The new school replaces an earlier structure first erected as part of the South Carolina Equalization School program of the early 1950s.  It had been renovated and expanded several times, however seismic concerns and V-zone restrictions prevented further expansion.  
The new building is elevated above the FEMA flood plain requirements, necessitating several uncommon design features in order to comply with SC Department of Education OSF standards, including extensive decks, porches  and ramps to grade. With a building program of approximately 73,000 SF. and a small leased site, the scale and massing of the design had to be carefully developed to respectfully relate to adjacent island residences.  Strong design involvement by the local community also helped influence the architecture detailing to create a structure that proudly expresses its island character while serving its new identity, that of a high performing partial magnet school with a marine science emphasis.

When: June 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Where: Sullivan's Island Elementary on Atlantic Ave. Map,
Parking outside the front gate
Thompson Turner will sponsor a happy hour at Home Team BBQ Immediately following the tour.
Guests need hard hat, closed toed shoes, and safety glasses
Cost: Free
RSVP: Eventbrite

Special Thanks to Cummings & McCrady Architects and Thompson Turner Construction for leading and hosting this tour

Call for Volunteers

AIA Charleston has 2 very exciting projects in the works . 
We are looking for a committee of volunteers to help plan a Community Design Charrette that will be followed by an Open Design Competition.
If you would like more information and would like to get involved,
please contact Steve Ramos by April 25th

Ever wonder about the inner workings of other firms in Charleston? Join the AIA
Charleston YAF, Thursday May 8th, for a tour of these Upper King firms. We will meet at 538
King street at 6 p.m. We will then hear each firm share their design methods and office
workings in a social, relaxed atmosphere. Each firm will give a concise talk focusing on
process, inspirations and the methods of their firms. The AIA will be providing hors d'oeuvres
and beverages at each stop; please RSVP so we won't run out! We look forward to seeing you

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Meet us @ 538 King Street
AJ Architects & Kevan Hoertdoerfer Architects
- 538 King Street - 6- 6:40 pm
Bill Huey + Associates & Renew Urban
- 525 King Street - 6:45- 7:15pm
McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
- 12a Vanderhorst Street - 7:20- 8pm


When: April 16 at 12:00 pm
Where: Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St. Charleston, SC
RSVP: Click here to RSVP
Special Thanks to Aqua Blue Pools for sponsoring this event.


When: April 11 at 6:30 pm
Where: Charleston Rifle Club
2221 Heriot St. Charleston, SC
RSVP: Click here to RSVP