If you’ve been downtown lately, you know that there are all sorts of different construction projects going on. From multiple brand new apartment buildings going up to huge renovation projects, it seems as though everywhere you look there is some work taking place. I was starting to notice that I was constantly looking at some of these projects and wondering to myself what was going on. Right now the big project has been the renovation of the Gaillard Performance Hall, along with numerous different hotels/apartment buildings going up all over Meeting Street. Here is the low down on some of the current construction.
You can also see most of this information at http://www.charlestonbusiness.com and charlestoncounty.org.
This article at the end of 2012 from the Post and Courier also goes into great detail about numerous hotel projects that will be taking place in the next couple of years.
Gaillard Performance Hall Renovation, 77 Calhoun St., Charleston
This is a $142 million project, shared equally between the City of Charleston and private donors
The Gaillard Performance Hall Foundation was created to generate private support to build a world-class performance hall and help re-construct what will be the new Gaillard Center, poised to become a neoclassical landmark and the heart of artistic, intellectual and civic activity in downtown Charleston. Scheduled for completion in 2015, the Gaillard Center will be the home of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and venue for sustained arts education. It will include a state-of-the-art performance hall, 16,000 square feet of flexible exhibition and banquet space, outdoor event lawn and municipal offices and is being built to Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications.
King St. Calhoun Retail/Old Millennium Music Store, Charleston, SC
This project is said to be completed in November and is the renovation of the existing building at King and Calhoun into a mixed use retail/restaurant complex. This will include a new anchor tenant entry at the corner of King and Calhoun as well as another retail tenant/entry on King St. There will be a ground level restaurant and a second story and rooftop tenant. The new ground level restaurant will have access to the existing alley which will be landscaped for outside dining.
400 Meeting St., Apartment Building, Charleston
This $7 Million + project that will be completed in August is located within the historic district of downtown Charleston within walking distance of the College of Charleston and the Charleston School of Law. The 41 units, located in two separate buildings, each include 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. In response to the urban context of upper Meeting Street, the building’s massing is broken into smaller buildings, creating proportions that are more typical of Charleston. The Meeting Street façade employs brick and cementitious panels to alter the scale of the windows, entries and other elements in response to the larger scale and proportions of one of Charleston’s gateway streets. Along Nassau Street, the design of the buildings is handled differently so that the scale responds to the much smaller context of the East Side neighborhood. Parking is located away from public view.
City of Charleston, Fire Station 9 ; 1451 King St.
A 2009 assessment of the City’s fire stations identified the urgent requirement to replace the City’s outdated Station No. 9. As the highest elevated emergency facility on the peninsula, this station will serve as the central response facility during all major weather-related events for the City of Charleston. Some of the key features of the new station are its LEED Silver certification, hurricane impact resistance and IBC Essential Facility status. The project is situated on a ½ acre site. This will cost about $4.8 Million and be completed in 2013.
174 Meeting St., Charleston
This new building, to be completed this summer, will be a 52,000-square-foot class A office building located on Meeting Street between Market and Cumberland. The building will feature four stories with the ground floor consisting of a highly finished lobby, a CertusBank branch, ATM, and parking. CertusBank will also occupy the second floor. The third and fourth floors are available for lease. The building is designed with energy efficient systems and environmentally sensitive materials.
East Central Lofts, 599 Meeting Street, Charleston
Located on an infill property in downtown Charleston, 599 Meeting Street is expected for completion in July at a cost of $6.9 Million. East Central Lofts consists of 72 apartments totaling of over 58,000 square feet. There are 36 2-bedroom apartments, 23 1-bedroom apartments and 13 studio units. At the ground floor, retail spaces activate the street frontage while screening the parking behind. The architectural design responds to the surrounding context’s industrial history through its restrained detailing, simple use of materials such as brick, composite panels and aluminum windows and with elements such as a roof monitor and graphic signage. The apartment units themselves follow that direction and are lofts employing high ceilings, large expanses of glass, simple finishes and minimal decoration.
Buist Academy; 103 Calhoun St., Charleston
The existing 1954 facility, composed of a three-story building and a cafeteria, is to be totally demolished and the existing three-story 1920 building is to be selectively demolished. A new 68,000 sf, three-story facility will be constructed and the existing 21,000 sf original 1920 building will be renovated. The new facility will have a capacity for 500 students and will include 27 teaching stations, a Cafeteria, Gymnasium, Media Center, Science and Art spaces and will be completed sometime in 2013 and is estimated to be around $25 Million.
Campus Center Apartments at CofC, 50 George St., Charleston
Campus Center Apartments is a private student housing project in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District and is at the center of the College of Charleston campus. It is conveniently located between King and St. Philip Streets and overlooks the College Cistern and will be available for move in at the beginning of the 2013 Fall Semester. Campus Center will provide by the bed leases for 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units. Lease rates include all utilities. The units will be fully furnished and come with a 46″ flat screen television.
Market St. Drainage Project Divison II, Concord and Market St., Charleston
In 2006, the City executed Division I of the Market Street Drainage Improvement Project involving surface collection improvements on Concord Street, upgrading the controls of the pump station to allow for remote monitoring and control, and the installation of an additional pump giving the pump station a total pumping capacity in excess of 120,000 gallons per minute in anticipation of connecting the Market Street system to the existing pump station. Division II of the Market Street project, the current phase, will consist of excavating a 25-ft diameter main working shaft near the intersection of Market and Concord Streets on State Ports Authority property; a series of 54-inch drop shafts between the Market buildings on State, Anson, and Church Streets; an emergency outfall adjacent to the existing brick arch outfall on Concord Street; a 10-ft diameter tunnel that runs under Market Street from the working shaft to Church Street (approximately 1,200 ft); and another 10-ft diameter tunnel that runs under Concord Street from the working shaft to the existing pump station (approximately 2,800 ft). This project will not be completed until August, 2014.
Medical University of South Carolina, Medical Complex, Charleston
There are all kinds of projects taking place around MUSC. To name a couple, the Basic Sciences Building at 174 Ashley Ave. is undergoing renovations that include a new HVAC. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is undergoing an expansion that is set for completion in 2014. This consists of a new post-traumatic stress disorder/mental health research and laboratory addition. The addition will create the first research space for investigations in various health areas.