James Simons School, originally constructed in 1919 to serve the north side of the City, once had an enrollment of over 1,000 students in the 1930’s. One of the City’s earliest remaining schools, it was important for its architecture as well as its history. Designed by the architect Decimus Barbout, a prominent architect known for his civic designs, the building was rated a Category 3 on the City’s architectural inventory. James Simons was also one of the first schools in Charleston to be integrated in 1963. Located on King Street in the North Central Neighborhood, it is adjacent to several National Register properties including Enston Homes.
CCSD commissioned Thomas & Denzinger Architects with consulting architect Evans & Schmidt to preserve, renovate and structurally support the North façade on Moultrie Street and partial facades on King Street and the West elevation. The remainder of the existing school building was demolished to make way for a new 66,000 square foot, 500 student state of the art school building to include a Dining Area, Multi-purpose Room, Project Room, Media Center, Art Room, Computer Lab and 18 teaching stations.
Join AIA Charleston for a post occupancy tour of the recently completed, Montessori focused, James Simons Elementary led by Thomas & Denzinger Architects and M. B. Kahn Construction Company. We will learn about the design and construction challenges involved with the preservation of 3 facades during the construction of a new school to meet current building codes.
When: March 26 at 5:30 pm
Where: On corner of King St. & Moultrie Street, Meet at Main Visitor Entrance
Parking will be on campus. Access is via Shand Street off Huger, Please use Call Button if gate is closed
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A social will follow at Rutledge Cab Co., sponsored by members of the construction team shown below:
Ashley Steel | Carolina Masonry Sales | Demolition Environmental Company | MB Kahn | Parker Marine | Van-Smith Concrete
Call for Speakers
AIA Charleston is looking for 4 talented members or firms to present designs at our April 16th Membership Meeting. The theme of the meeting is S,M,L,XL with each speaker presenting in Pecha Kucha style format. This theme provides a great opportunity to showcase and learn from the diverse work of our membership on a variety of scales. Our individual design ability as well as collective design in our community is elevated through discussions with our peers. Great design is not restricted by scale and we want to be inclusive of all sectors of our membership.
What is a Pecha Kucha Presentation? Pecha Kucha is a popular presentation format where each speaker presents a total of 20 slides, with 20 seconds per slide for a total presentation time of 6:40. This makes for a very fun and concise group of presentations.
If you have an exemplary project or body of work that is Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large, and would like to present at the meeting, please let us know by Friday, March 21st.
The selected speakers will be notified by Wednesday, March 26th.
Deadline for Call for Entries: March 21st by noon. Please submit via email the category proposed (S,M,L,XL), the name of presenter(s), firm, and brief description of project or projects proposed to present, including at least one image per proposed project. Unbuilt or “on the boards” work is welcome; please provide completion date for any built projects.
Meeting Date: April 16th, 12:00
Submissions: Email Submissions to Stephen Ramos, AIA
Fire Station no. 9 YAF Building Tour
Replacing an existing outdated fire station in downtown Charleston, SC, this new station serves as both a fire station and departmental headquarters. The existing fire station had been condemned due to mold and mildew issues and the firefighters were operating out of a temporary facility. The project included remediation of contaminated soils and the demolition of the existing facility. The station is located on a small industrial site in an upper area of the Charleston peninsula which is currently experiencing a developmental boom. In a city where historical architecture is often the norm, this industrial section of the city presented the opportunity for a more contemporary design than what is typically seen in downtown Charleston. The exterior pays homage to past fire stations of the city with its brick masonry walls, but also lends to more contemporary design with its use of insulated metal panels and exposed steel frame/louver system. Some key LEED components of the building include redevelopment of a Brownfield site, water efficient plumbing fixtures, a highly reflective roof which reduces heat island effect, and energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems. City of Charleston Fire Station No. 9 was completed in November 2013 and is pursuing LEED Gold certification.
AIA Charleston has purchased two tickets for the Auldbrass Plantation Tour to be given away to one lucky YAF tour participant. Must be a member in good standing eligible for YAF and must be present to win. Proceeds of these tickets benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s efforts to preserve the plantation.
Auldbrass Plantation Tour
Date: February 19
Who: YAF is the AIA’s Young Architects Forum (aka: emerging professionals).
All Intern Architects AND Architects who have been licensed for less than 10 years are eligible to attend.
Address: 1451 King Street Charleston, SC 29403
Street Parking on King Street
No Hard Hat Necessary
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Architects: Rosenblum Coe Architects
Happy Hour at the Rutledge Cab Company after the tour.
Special thanks to MB Kahn for sponsoring this event.