LS#P is an architecture, interior architecture, and strategic visioning firm with offices throughout the Carolinas.
Our vision is to deeply understand and fully enhance our clientsâ€™ strategies through places designed for exceptional results, not just applause.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, it doesn’t matter how you get there.” the Rabbit to Alice in Lewis CarrolL’s Alice in Wonderland
STRATEGIC VISIONING Our commitment to Enhancing Client Strategies® is based in our core belief that a successful project is more than simple “bricks and mortar.” It is your story, deeply understood, which sparks us to create distinctive, purposeful spaces that will inspire your enterprise. Our architects and designers bring proven expertise, probing analytics, and simple listening to understand you, your staff, and your clients. This process leads to exceptional results. We are dedicated to the proposition that your design is about you—your needs, your vision, and your strategies for success. We have designed a unique process to ensure that we have a deep understanding of what you dream, want, and need before we draw the first line—Strategic Visioning.
Deep understanding demands more of us than just an architectural perspective. It requires insight gained through research from the worlds of psychology, social anthropology, and science, and may also include planners, engineers, sustainability experts, and specialty expertise consultantsâ€”the entire team focused on your story. Working with these diverse points of view, our team considers every aspect of your building. How will it be used? What are the largest challenges you face in your internal and external operations? Where are your biggest opportunities? What does your market demand today and in the future? This inquiry creates clarity. Ultimately, it leads us to discover the soul of the space you have entrusted us to create for you.
PIEDMONT TOWN CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: GERIN CHOINIERE)
A study by Herman Miller found a 7% increase in worker productivity after moving into a new sustainability designed, well-daylit facility. Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings, by Greg Kats, PRINCIPAL AUTHOR, AND CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS LEON ALEVANTIS, ADAM BERMAN, EVAN MILLS, AND HEFF PERLMAN
SUSTAINABILITY Sustainable practices are fast becoming the benchmark of successful projects and will remain so as we progress into the future. We are committed to sustainable design and to leading a company that models this philosophy. Our investment in volunteerism, education, and corporate responsibility allows us to serve as advocates, integrating sustainable principles into everything we do. We are proud to be listed as one of Engineering News-Record’s “Top 100 Green Design Firms”—an honor earned though the combination of LEED® projects completed (or in progress) and the expertise of our LEED Accredited Professionals.
from left to right: MONTEITH CONSTRUCTION COMPANY OFFICE BUILDING (PHOTOGRAPHER: MELVA CARTER); JUST FRESH RESTAURANT (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY); EDGEWATER CORPORATE CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM BUCHMAN)
CORPORATE OFFICE You might say ours is the scientific method—merged with the intuitive art of design. A highly focused, creative approach knits together your project team, our design team, and the builder team. Whether it is a onestory or high-rise building, we delve into your world to deeply understand your day-to-day responsibilities— your goals, processes, budget, schedule, challenges, and opportunities—while keeping sustainability and constructability in the forefront of our minds. Working together, we get to the heart of your organization in order to design functional, attractive spaces that improve your bottom line.
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: CRESTAR RIVERVIEW CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: LARRY OLSEN); NATIONAL GYPSUM HEADQUARTERS (PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM BUCHMAN); LOWE’S CORPORATE CAMPUS (RENDERING BY LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.)
According to Research Design Connections, 75% of managers stated that they believe that the workplace can affect productivity and the bottom line. Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Associationâ€™s 33rd Annual Conference, Workplace Environment Network
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: NASCAR PLAZA OFFICE TOWER IN ASSOCIATION WITH PEI COBB FREED AND PARTNERS (RENDERING: Skyscraper 3D); PARKDALE CORPORATE OFFICE BUILDING (PHOTOGRAPHER: CAROLINA PHOTO GROUP); WACHOVIA MORTGAGE (PHOTOGRAPHER: GREG LOFLIN); LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD. CHARLESTON OFFICE (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY)
INVESTMENT OFFICE We use our design expertise to create investmentgrade architecture that provides remarkable return on your investment. The opportunities that we discover together through our cooperative strategic visioning process produce lasting returns for our development partners. Whether a background or iconic building, our involvement allows us to assist our clients in providing successful buildings that express a combination of value and imagery from urban to suburban settings.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Harris & Boyle Buildings in Ballantyne (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BISSELL COMPANIES, INC.); ATRIUM AT BLUE RIDGE (PHOTOGRAPHER: MARC LAMKIN); VICTORIA CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY); WALL STREET CAPITOL (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY)
from left to right: CHARLESTON GATEWAY CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER); THIRD & GRACE OFFICE BUILDING (PHOTOGRAPHER: LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.); EDGEWATER CORPORATE CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM BUCHMAN); CITY CENTER GREEN (RENDERING BY LES CHYLINSKI, CREATIVE MEDIA ILLUSTRATION)
HQ Magazine reports that assets with LEED速 designations sold for $17 more a square foot than conventional properties of a similar class. HQ Magazine, costar group study
MIXED USE One size never fits all. Thatâ€™s our approach to every project, and it is especially important in the arena of mixed-use development. Design of complex mixed-use development entails equal parts of the art of placemaking and fundamental technical knowledge of the components that make up these projects, along with the ability to mesh these two into a dynamic whole that captures your vision. The key is listening, and delivering outstanding solutions.
from left to right: PHILLIPS PLACE (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER); BLAKENEY MIXED-USE CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM BUCHMAN); SAKS MAJESTIC SQUARE (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER)
“Over the last decade, an array of innovative infill projects in existing downtowns has lured market segments back to the city. This resurgent interest in urban lifestyle environments has also sparked a parallel trend: large-scale, new urbanist communities that seek to bring “downtown living” to the suburbs.” urban land instituTe magazine: “urban suburbia” by jason moody and andy knudtsen
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: PIEDMONT TOWN CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: GERIN CHOINIERE); PROPOSED MIXED-USE TOWER (RENDERING BY LES CHYLINSKI, CREATIVE MEDIA ILLUSTRATION); THE SHOPS AT FRIENDLY CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVID BROWN); BALLANTYNE CORPORATE PARK (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BISSELL COMPANIES, INC.)
“Studies prove that the longer a shopper remains in a store, the more he or she will buy. And the amount of time a shopper spends in a store depends on how comfortable and enjoyable their experience is.” WHY WE BUY: THE SCIENCE OF SHOPPING BY PACO UNDERHILL
RETAIL & HOSPITALITY Solutions that sell. That’s the bottom line for retail, hospitality, and resort clients. Each of these markets requires a response sensitive to the current marketplace. Even more importantly, the solution demands the foresight and flexibility to stay ahead of the competition as THE DESTINATION for maximum return on investment and cachet.
from TOP to BOTTOM: CAVIAR & BANANAS (PHOTOGRAPHER: MATT SILK); BALLANTYNE RESORT and clubhouse (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BISSELL COMPANIES, INC.); RENAISSANCE SOUTH PARK (PHOTO COURTESY OF THOMAS POINT VENTURES); BALLANTYNE RESORT and clubhouse (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER)
“Technology has huge implications on what the physical reality of the school of tomorrow will be.” american school and university
HIGHER EDUCATION Inspiring the mind and bolstering the human spirit; that’s the goal of our work in higher education. We approach this through a prism of information from your faculty, students, facility managers, board members, and community members. Your team works together closely with ours in a collaborative process that speeds design, crystallizing sharply defined project goals and building valuable stakeholder support.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON BEATTY CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS in association with hillier (PHOTO courtesy OF COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON); JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY (PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVID SUNDBERG/ ESTO); NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY FRIDAY INSTITUTE in association with interior design consultant, gensler (PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM BUCHMAN); JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY (PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVID SUNDBERG/ESTO)
We understand the complexities of higher education communities, and how to beautifully integrate new spaces with existing ones. Witness our diverse portfolio: innovative residence halls, comprehensive athletic facilities, leadingedge medical teaching facilities, science and engineering buildings, and state-ofthe-art culinary institutes.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE CULINARY ARTS INSTITUTE OF CHARLESTON, PALMER CAMPUS (PHOTOGRAPHER: MATT SILK); MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA ASHLEY RIVER TOWER IN ASSOCIATION WITH NBBJ (PHOTOGRAPHER: PAUL WARCHOL); UNC WILMINGTON COMPUTER INFORMATION SCIENCE BUILDING (PHOTOGRAPHER: GREG LOFLIN); COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON MIXED-USE DORM (PHOTOGRAPHER: MATT SILK)
The Heschong Mahone Group, Inc., in its most recent study of daylighting in schools, found statistically significant evidence that access to views through windows in school classrooms improves student performance by 5% to 10%. Environmental Building News “Biophilia in Practice: Buildings that Connect People with Nature”
K-12 EDUCATION We’ve learned a great deal from our 1,500 (and growing) K-12 projects and our K-12 clients. We know that idealism—a belief in the promise of education—is important. And we also know that efficient, securable design strategies, coordinated construction documents, diligent cost control, and vigilant construction contract observation and close-out are critical to your success.
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: WANDO HIGH SCHOOL (PHOTOGRAPHER: WILSON BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY); Nash Central High School (PHOTOGRAPHER: Greg Loflin); LONGLEAF MIDDLE SCHOOL (PHOTOGRAPHER: MATT SILK); New Hanover High School (PHOTOGRAPHER: LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.); Fairview Elementary School (PHOTOGRAPHER: Greg Loflin)
We pride ourselves on collaborating closely with you at every stage of planning to focus on the pertinent details of educational spaces. We link our expertise with the experience of your team to provide sensitive and appropriate spaces for the ultimate clientâ€”the children.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: PANTHER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL (PHOTOGRAPHER: HOWARD DOUGHTY); CENTENNIAL CAMPUS MIDDLE SCHOOL (PHOTOGRAPHER: Jim SINK); MOSSY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (PHOTOGRAPHER: WARREN LIEB)
The age of many of our school facilities leads to the need for renovationsâ€” oftentimes while the school is still occupied. Our strategic planning process creates innovative solutions to repurpose and rebuild your school, all while keeping your students safe and fully engaged educationally.
from left to right: Polk High School (PHOTOGRAPHER: Greg Loflin); BRIER CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (PHOTOGRAPHER: JIM SINK); Spindale Elementary School (PHOTOGRAPHER: Greg Loflin); KELLY MILL MIDDLE SCHOOL (PHOTOGRAPHER: WARREN LIEB)
HEALTHCARE Successful healthcare environments are flexible, adaptive therapeutic environments that support evidence-based medicine, embrace family involvement, support efficient staff performance, and enhance wellness for all users. Blending these diverse needs with the complexities of state-of-the-art medical care demands tremendous insight and close collaboration with your team to provide the facility that best suits your community. We understand, recognize, and research the continuous changes that define the business and practice of healthcare. As your strategic partner in planning and design, we will help you meet todayâ€™s needs even as we collectively focus on how to meet the tremendous advancements that the future promises.
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA ASHLEY RIVER TOWER IN ASSOCIATION WITH NBBJ (PHOTOGRAPHER: PAUL WARCHOL)
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment’s “The Value of Good Design” quotes a 21% improvement in hospital discharge rate from a recently renovated hospital, effectively reducing total costs by 21%. STATISTIC SOURCE: The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment “The Value of Good Design“
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: BETTY H. CAMERON WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH HDR (PHOTOGRAPHER: LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.); CHARLESTON CANCER CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY); HAMPTON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.); MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA ASHLEY RIVER TOWER IN ASSOCIATION WITH NBBJ (PHOTOGRAPHER: PAUL WARCHOL)
RESEARCH Scientific discoveries often occur at lightning speed—so quickly that the spaces in which they are developed often fail to keep up. We have developed a unique ability to bring full functionality and modernity and increased efficiency to dated research spaces. As evidence, we added floors to an existing building’s expandable structural system and completed all interior upfit work while maintaining full operability of the existing facility—without compromising even the ability to perform delicate eye surgeries during construction on the floor above.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: MUSC STORM EYE INSTITUTE (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER); MUSC CHILDREN’S RESEARCH INSTITUTE (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY); MEADWESTVACO CHARLESTON TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER); MEADWESTVACO FOREST RESEARCH LABORATORY (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER)
FEDERAL At a time of significant evolution in the operations and tactics of the military, facilities for training, housing, and supporting our armed forces demand maximum flexibility. Our deeply experienced and field-proven federal design teams are well-suited to the most challenging projects. Our collaborative approach, anchored by strong project management, inspires a high degree of confidence and client satisfaction.
VON BRAUN COMPLEX at redstone arsenal (RENDERING BY LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.)
As part of a design-build team, under Clark Design Build, we completed the first “hypertrack” temporary modularity project at Fort Stewart for the Department of Defense, placing $73 million of construction in the ground in 140 days—start to finish. With an array of successful projects in a wide range of facilities including UEPHs, COFs, TEMFs, VMs, BDEs, and BHQs, we are able to excel in this demanding market.
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: FT. BRAGG D AREA BARRACKS PHASE I (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER); Naval Air Station Pensacola (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER); POPE AFB DORMS (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER); Naval Air Station Pensacola (PHOTO COURTSEY OF ASA PHOTO, GRAPHICS AL AUDELMAN)
CIVIC Specialized groups within our firm provide insightful design services for many entities that enhance the fabric and vitality of the community. The broad experience of our civic teams includes projects such as museums, airports, town halls, libraries, police stations, fire stations, detention centers, performing arts facilities, and public meeting venues. Each unique program is underpinned by research and thoughtful perspective on the challenges facing todayâ€™s public bodies to allow cost-effective and innovative solutions to be developed through collaboration and decades of experience.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: WILMINGTON POLICE HEADQUARTERS (PHOTOGRAPHER: GREG LOFLIN); SPRING STREET PARKING DECK IN ASSOCIATION WITH CRAIG GAULDEN DAVIS (PHOTOGRAPHER: BRIAN ERKENS); NORTH CHARLESTON PERFORMING ARTS AND CONVENTION CENTER IN ASSOCIATION WITH HOK (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER)
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: ISLE OF PALMS RECREATION CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.); REUTER YMCA (PHOTOGRAPHER: PAUL JEREMIAS PHOTOGRAPHY); BLUFFTON LIBRARY (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER); CHARLOTTE-DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PARKING DECK in association with the wilson group (PHOTOGRAPHY: STANLEY CAPPS)
We face these opportunities with determination and a spirit of civic engagement, realizing that public works live long beyond our involvement. Our public clients benefit from our understanding of not only the public process but of the political implications of all design decisions.
Good design makes economic sense: an attractive community will draw new residents, jobs, and investment. the americaN institute of architects â€œcommunities by designâ€?
According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it takes about 65 years for an energy-efficient new building to save the amount of energy lost in demolishing an existing building. National Trust for Historic Preservationâ€™s Sustainability Initiative FACT SHEET
ADAPTIVE REUSE & RESTORATION Adaptive reuse and restoration projects are the perfect opportunity to display a common commitment to BEFORE
sustainability. We have a passion for breathing new life into aging structures—especially when fresh technologies and strategies can save our clients money and improve the interior environment for the well-being of those inhabiting the space. From the highly-sensitive job of restoring a beloved, historic structure to revitalizing an entire retail center or repurposing a warehouse, we apply the same spirit of discovery. In the exciting and highly creative arena of adaptive reuse, we find a natural partnership between you and our LEED® accredited professionals through our LEED-EB (Existing Building) analysis.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: AXA BERRY HILL (PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN HALL); COOL SPRINGS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES (PHOTOGRAPHER: GREG LOFLIN); FRANCIS R. EDMUNDS CENTER FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION (PHOTOGRAPHER: LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.); tRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE COMPLEX FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY)
According to BusinessWeek, the U.S. Postal Service saw a stunning 16% jump in productivity by simply installing skylights and improved lighting at its Reno, NV postal-sorting office. BusinessWeek Online, “Is Your Office Killing You?”
INDUSTRIAL We realize that industrial facilities for industry or training purposes require precision in form and function. We assemble research and design teams of the appropriate local, regional, and national expertise to focus on your unique program and production needs, long-term goals, and challenges.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: JOE GIBBS RACING (PHOTOGRAPHER: RICK ALEXANDER); GETRAG CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS in association with studio 3/christina gruna of getrag (PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM BUCHMAN); BAKER MOTORS (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY)
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE The design of interior space has the power to change lives. For most inhabitants, the interior environment forms the place where most of their waking hours will be spent. This is why we place tremendous importance on the role of our interior architecture teams, whose design expertise greatly influences the beauty and functionality of the envelope in which you are housed, or sets the tone in an existing buildingâ€” completing the statement about your organization, your image, and your mission.
GREYSTAR OFFICE BUILDING (PHOTOGRAPHER: MATT SILK)
A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study found that U.S. businesses could save as much as $58 billion in lost sick time and an additional $200 billion in worker performance if improvements were made to indoor air quality. William Fisk, “Health and Productivity Gains from Better Indoor Environments” summary of prior publications, with figures inflation-adjusted for 2002 dollars and rounded
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: NEXSEN PRUET CORPORATE OFFICE (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY); PEARLSTINE DISTRIBUTION CENTER (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY); PARKDALE CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS (PHOTOGRAPHER: CAROLINA PHOTO GROUP)
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE (PHOTOGRAPHER: MATT SILK); NITSA’S APPAREL-VERA WANG (PHOTOGRAPHER: CREATIVE SOURCES PHOTOGRAPHY); COPPER STATION HOLDINGS (PHOTOGRAPHER: MATT SILK); NATIONAL GYPSUM HEADQUARTERS (PHOTOGRAPHER: TIM BUCHMAN)
In writing the professional practice chapter for the American Institute of Architects’ 150th anniversary book—Architectural Practice: The Eye for Success—Jim Cramer, editor of DesignIntelligence, requested to include our vision of Enhancing Client Strategies® as one of the best practices of the decade. “LS3P’s focus and commitment intensified on this client strategy-driven concentration— understanding their clients’ markets, needs, and potential to succeed. Whether it is to improve the educational experience of our youth, to more efficiently and effectively heal our sick, to meet the needs of a rapidly changing armed forces, to improve the retail experience in an ever more competitive marketplace, or to create healthier and more efficient workplace environments.” We are honored that our commitment to our clients was recognized in this way.
Our vision is to deeply understand and fully enhance our clientsâ€™ strategies through places designed for exceptional results, not just applause.
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