Types of Projects New Construction Renovations/ Expansions Historical Preservation Condition Assessments Project Experience and Specialized Expertise Municipal Facilities Educational Historical Restorations Religious Office/ commercial
FIRM HISTORY Located in Charleston, Cummings & McCrady was formed in 1957 when C.T. Cummings and John McCrady, Jr. merged their firms to become a full-service design firm offering architecture, planning, engineering, and interior architecture. Today, Cummings & McCrady is an architectural team of professionals dedicated to design excellence, top building performance, sustainable design, and personal service to our clients. For over 50 years, Cummings & McCrady has combined creativity and problem solving to meet our clientsâ€™ needs for building solutions. We believe that design involves an in-depth collaboration among all team members. Our in-house team of professionals combines both experience and youth to develop a dynamic and creative atmosphere in which quality solutions are produced.
John McCrady, Jr. and C.T. Cummings in the 1950â€™s
Principal Ben Whitener in the present day
SULLIVAN’S ISLAND ELEMENTARY
Location Sullivan’s Island, SC Date 2014 Size 73,000 SF Cost $21 million
“This particular project is only one of three schools in the country that is located on an oceanfront, which presented many design challenges. Cummings & McCrady has exhibited their professional expertise in meeting and resolving each and every challenge. Their willingness and endurance to resolve design and budget concerns, has proven to be invaluable to this project as it will be for other clients as well.” Ed Strack, Senior Project Manager, Cumming Corporation
Cummings & McCrady has worked in SIES over 20 years, from Hurricane Hugo repairs to renovations and adding a new elevated media center to designing a replacement new school. The new school is a partial magnet kindergarten through fifth grade 500 student capacity building located on the original oceanfront parcel behind two historic gun emplacements.
Numerous site factors have resulted in an elevated structure of four linked segments sensitively scaled to respect the adjacent residences. The segments serve to collect grade levels and connect them to the large core spaces (multipurpose and dining) and administrative support functions. A vertical entry design element signals the focal point of the articulated design which includes extensive decks, covered porches and roof features sympathetic to the existing character of the barrier island locale.
WHITESIDES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Location Mt Pleasant, SC Date 2010 Size 97,000 SF Cost $14 million
"Whitesides is a beautiful school that is a point of pride in the Mt. Pleasant community. It is a shining example of Smart Growth." Bill Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, Capital Programs Charleston County School District
Cummings & McCrady served as the local architect on the project design team for the 97,000 sf new construction 800 student elementary school located in Mt Pleasant, SC. The buildingâ€™s angular layout resulted from unusual site constraints that included retention of majestic live oaks, adjacency to an existing municipal athletic complex, and setbacks from existing utility lines. The resulting form and building character provide an inviting brick facade that compliments the neighborhood, maximizing usage of existing amenities, and shares parking with the adjacent office building to limit the overall impact and provide an economical solution. As local architectural liaison, Cummings & McCrady provided full services during the CA phase of the project.
Awards 2011 Excellence in School Building and Design HONOR AWARD by the South Carolina Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (SC CEFPI).
PINCKNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Location Mt. Pleasant, SC Date 2001 Size 120,000 SF Cost $12 million
Cummings & McCrady provided full design services for this 120,000 sf, 800 student K-5 school. The facilities include core academic space, special education space, administration space, fine arts space, media center, and computer labs in a conventional school house arrangement.
The master plan of this project complements Cario Middle School in creating an attractive campus as a major amenity within the Mt. Pleasant subdivision, Park West. The shared campus enables both schools to be economically served by a single kitchen supporting two separate dining areas in a multipurpose building. All of the buildings are oriented around a large central green space.
CARIO MIDDLE SCHOOL
Location Mt. Pleasant, SC Date 2001 Size 130,000 SF Cost $14 million
“As the appointed principal of Cario Middle, I was impressed with ...Cummings and McCrady, who worked diligently to understand the intent of the district to build a middle school to support best practice in middle level education.” Walt Pusey, Former Cario Middle Principal
Cummings & McCrady provided full design services for this 130,000 sf, 900 student school for grades 6-8 in two buildings. The classroom building is an E shapes consisting of three parallel grade wings with three classroom areas in each. These wings were designed to be linearly expanded without increasing support spaces. These are linked be circulation corridors accruing administration spaces and media center functions. The freestanding gymnasium building also house art and music spaces of the fine arts program.
The two structures share the central green space with the Pinckney Elementary School.
RANDOLPH HALL, PORTER’S LODGE, AND TOWELL LIBRARY
Location College of Charleston, Charleston, SC Date 2011 Size 3 buildings totaling 33,000 SF Cost $3.4 million
“C&M prepared well detailed plans that clearly conveyed the work required. Their attention to details, systems, and materials was helpful to achieving the project schedule. Field support and a positive relationship with the client, contractor, and tradesmen were extremely valuable. Throughout the project they provided excellent services. In my opinion, they did an outstanding job.” Ben Miehe, Staff Architect Physical Plant
Preservation Society of Charleston Carolopolis Award for Porterâ€™s Lodge 2011 Preservation Society of Charleston Carolopolis Award for Towell Library 2011
The College of Charleston is located in the Charleston Historic District and is designated a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. This project on their campus has resulted in the extensive preservation of the historic building fabric and character defining features; most notable are the architectural terra-cotta column capitals of Randolph Hall. These buildings and grounds, returned to the College faculty, staff and student body in a substantially improved condition, exemplify the respect the College places on its built environment and amply demonstrate the strength of the Collegeâ€™s commitment to its historic legacy and the vitality of its preservation philosophy.
Awards Preservation Society of Charleston Pro Merito Award for Randolph Hall 2011
PAXVILLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Location Paxville, SC Date 2010 Size 4,000 SF Cost $600,000
The new workforce education and technology center on the grounds of the Paxville CDC is designed to complement the historic home already on the site. Clarendon County called for the construction of a new rural technology center of approximately 4,000 square feet in the community of Paxville. The new facility is designed to maximize daylight gains and create flexible space arrangements for a variety of education needs. This project was funded in part by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
SC STATE CHESTNUT STREET ENTRANCE
Location Orangeburg, SC Date 2008 Size 320 SF Cost $1.2 million (building and road/sitework)
Cummings & McCrady designed a new gate house and entrance for the Chestnut St. entrance to South Carolina State University. The new building will support campus security, provide a clear entry to the campus, and become the main entry focal point for the campus identity. The facility is designed to complement the existing aesthetic of the campus architecture.
PENN CENTER FRISSELL COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SHED
Location St. Helena, SC Date 2007 Size 5,500 SF Cost $1 million
Awards AIA Charleston Honor Award for Renovation and Restoration 2007
Located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and historically distinct of the South Carolina Sea Islands, Penn Center sits at the heart of Gullah culture. The 50 acre historic campus of Penn School was once the location of one of the countryâ€™s first schools for freed slaves, and currently serves as one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. Cummings & McCrady was hired to restore the Frissell Community Building into a usable meeting hall. This tabby structure, surrounded by ancient oak trees, now hosts receptions and community events. The work on the building included new restrooms, handicap access; restoration of the interior, windows and doors; and improvements to MEP systems. The restoration and rehabilitation of the Shed Building provides an extension of the museum and allows space for school groups and other educational pursuits.
W. DANIEL BEAMAN, AIA, LEEDÂŽ AP BD+C
Mr. Beaman is the Principal-in-Charge for all projects at Cummings & McCrady, Inc. He personally directs many of the firmâ€™s planning and design projects with private and corporate clients. He has extensive experience in the design and construction of educational, religious, governmental, commercial, medical & housing facilities. Under his guidance, Cummings & McCrady, Inc. has received local and regional, and national awards for design and professional excellence. He has lectured locally and has taught as a visiting critic and lecturer at Clemson University. One of his churches won a National AIA award.
Years Experience Total: 43 With this firm: 37 Education: Degree(s)/ Year/ Specialization Clemson University/ Architecture/ 1970/ B. Arch Active Registration: 1974/ Architect/ South Carolina #1594 2008/ LEED-AP Accredited Professional
professional organizations: American Institute of Architects - Member SC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects - Past President
civic organizations: Rotary Club of Charleston Breakfast - Past Board Member Charleston Ballet Theatre - Past President Charles Towne Landing Foundation - Past President Charles Webb Center - Past Board Member Grace Episcopal Church - Past Senior Warden Clemson Advancement Foundation - Current Board Member Lowcountry Chapter Girl Scouts of America - Property Committee Member Harleston Village Neighborhood Association - Current Board Member
JEROME R. ENGLISH, AIA
PRINCIPAL As a Principal, Mr. Englishâ€™s responsibilities include spatial programming, master planning, building design, project management and construction administration. He has designed and constructed numerous institutional large facilities and his wide range of experience also includes historic restoration. Prior to joining Cummings & McCrady, he was the Director of Planning and Design for the Kiawah Island Company. In 2005, Mr. English was named Architect of the Year by the Charleston Contractorâ€™s Association.
Years Experience Total: 37 With this firm: 27 Education: Degree(s)/ Year/ Specialization University of Notre Dame/ Architecture/ 1971/ B. Arch Active Registration: 1981/ Architect/ South Carolina #2521
professional organizations: American Institute of Architects - Member Charleston Council of Architects - Past Director
Nativity Church - Finance Council, Lector, former Chair of the Capital Improvements Committee Notre Dame Alumni Club of Charleston - Director, Past President VITA Volunteer Habitat for Humanity Volunteer
BENJAMIN WHITENER, AIA, LEED速 AP BD+C
PRINCIPAL Mr. Whitener has experience with adaptive reuse projects, renovation to historic structures, and new construction in all aspects of design and construction. He takes pride in working with clients to see their vision become a reality working hand in hand with them from project inception to completion. His project with the City of Charleston on Marion Square recently became the first green roof installation of any municipality in South Carolina. It also won a national silver honor award from The Brick Association.
professional organizations: American Institute of Architects - Member American Institute of Architects - Member NCARB Intern Development Program - Supervisor and Mentor The Association for Preservation Technology International Member
civic organizations: Clemson Advancement Foundation - Current Board Member John Wesley United Methodist Church - Member City of Charleston Volunteer Soccer Coach Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary PTA - Member Charleston Running Club - Member
Years Experience Total: 13 With this firm: 13 Education: Degree(s)/ Year/ Specialization Clemson University/ 1998/ BS in Design Valedictorian in major North Carolina State University/ 2002/ Master of Architecture/ Concentration in Urban Design 2002 Shawcroft Drawing Prize for outstanding freehand drawing ability Active Registration: 2005/ Architect/ South Carolina #6972 2006/ LEED Accredited Professional
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Published on Jun 25, 2013