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Renovating a cultural legacy along U.S. Highway 17 By Teri Errico Griffis

Building balance

Lowcountry women are working to bridge the gender gap in construction. Page 10

Rising to the top

Dee Norton welcomes executive director, who started with organization 30 years ago. Page 5

Owner anxieties

Business leaders weigh in on their biggest worries, and No. 1 might surprise you. Page 2

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ount Pleasant native Corey Alston didn’t grow up a generational basket weaver. His high school girlfriend introduced him to the art as a teenager. Twenty years later the couple is happily married, and the owner of Corey Alston

Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets has since risen to become leader of the sweetgrass craft community. He takes his role, and preservation of the art, very seriously, and in July he began helming revitalization efforts of the rundown basket stands, which he said sit at the “epicenter of the sweetgrass basket industry” along U.S. Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant. The project is part of Alston’s role as a

SALTWATER AS A RESOURCE

World’s first indoor saltwater farm combats rising sea levels through thriving sustainable agriculture business. Now they’re ready to grow. Page 8

Industrial space

Commercial distribution and warehouse space growing across South Carolina. Page 3

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member of the Culture, Arts and Pride Commission of Mount Pleasant. The group is responsible for beautifying the town. Recognizable projects include the wraps around traffic boxes, murals around town and oyster paintings. Alston chose to spruce up the dilapidating stands that have stood since the since the See SWEETGRASS, Page 6

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redit One Bank has committed to a multi-year title sponsorship with Charleston Tennis LLC. The financial services company based in Las Vegas will serve as the new title sponsor of the Women’s Tennis Association 500 tennis tournament hosted in Charleston, as well as the stadium located at the LTP Daniel Island tennis center. “We’ve got millions of fans of us and card members here in this region, so being a part of this region was really critical to us as an organization,” said John Coombe, senior vice president of marketing at Credit One. “We’re thrilled that the conversations kept going forward, and we had the opportunity to have the naming rights for the stadium.” Formerly known as the Volvo Car Open, the WTA 500 event serves as the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America. On a yearly basis, this tournament brings in about 90,000 spectators and generates about $30 million for the Charleston region. See TENNIS, Page 10

CHARLESTON UNDER CONSTRUCTION Who is building what in the Charleston area? Projects, companies, prices, projected timelines, photos and stories. Page 11


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n light of COVID-19, you might think access to a strong pool of workers, customers and an ability to make payroll would top the list. All of those things matter, of course, but the latest report from the National Federal of Independent Business found that the No. 1 thing on the mind of business owners and entrepreneurs is the cost of health insurance.

It makes sense. You can’t keep and retain talent if workforce can’t afford your health insurance options. Also, your prices go up and payroll becomes more difficult if you have to keep paying more and more for health care. For small- and medium-sized business owners in particular, health care is the business issue. Taxes continue to dominate the top concerns and priorities for businesses, and economic uncertainty is in the top 10, down from No. 4 four years ago, and No. 10 indicates that businesses would worry less if government would be clearer and more direct. Why does all of this matter? Small- and mediumsized businesses employ a lot of people in every state, and when they’re concerned, they don’t grow as fast, and they might wait to expand or hire because they want to make sure they can make payroll and cover the cost of health insurance for their existing employees.

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Cost of health insurance

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Finding qualified talent

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Federal business taxes

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Property taxes

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Unreasonable regulations

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State taxes on business

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Economic uncertainty

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Government uncertainty

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Source: National Federation of Independent Business, Small Business Problems and Priorities 2020

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expansion at its Lexington County headquarters. Nephron is teaming up with CeramTec, a global ceramic and medical technology company with North American headquarters in Laurens, to produce the gloves. CeramTec makes the forms used in molding the gloves. Nephron owner and CEO Lou Kennedy, whose company faced supply chain issues in getting the PPE it needed to operate at the height of the pandemic, said Nephron Nitrile will help onshore future production not just in America but in South Carolina. “Here you have two South Carolina companies

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olumbia realtor Graeme Moore, owner of The Moore Co., recently had an experience that would be considered highly unusual in almost any other recent era of real estate sales except this one.

He sold an expensive home to a couple moving to Columbia from across the country for work who had never even physically seen the home before or walked around inside it. “We had met before and looked at some houses in person, but on that trip, they didn’t find anything that worked,” Moore said. “They couldn’t swing coming back out here again

because of issues with work and their kids, so they ended up having to buy basically sight unseen, using only photos and a video.” Buying a house without ever seeing it in person isn’t the only unusual thing going on in the real estate market these days. See MARKET, Page 15

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After 30 years, Hutchison takes over at Dee Norton By Teri Errico Griffis

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he average stay with one company is 4.6 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Beverly Hutchison at Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center has that beat, and then some. The child advocacy center’s new executive director has been with the organization since it opened 30 years ago. She first came on board as a volunteer through the Junior League of Charleston, which helped found Dee Norton, eventually serving as chair for the board of directors before becoming an employee in 2001. “It is an interesting career path, and if I was being totally honest, I would say I didn’t go looking for it. My husband and I were new to Charleston; we had two young children preschool age. I had decided to stay home for a while with them but I needed to get out of the house and do something,” Hutchison said. The mom of two never envisioned she would someday lead the organization, let alone in the middle of a pandemic. In May, the previous Executive Director Carole Swiecicki stepped down to transition to a part-time and assumed a new role as chief programmatic officer. When Hutchison first began volun-

teering with Dee Norton, her role was to wait in the lobby to greet and spend time with the families who sought help. The doors were always locked for safety, and one specific day, one specific family captured her heart decades ago. “I opened the door and there’s this blond woman with a 2 and 4 year old, and it just hit me like a ton of bricks: That could be me. Those were the ages of my kids and gender. And if that was my child and something as terrible as child abuse had Hutchison happened, I would want these people there for my child. And that really was what kept me there all those years.” Dee Norton works with more than 30 agencies in the community, and collaborates with the police departments, schools, social services and more. Hutchison explained it that Dee Norton’s job is to meet families where they are and help them along in their journey. “Children don’t deserve this,” she said. “They don’t do it. They don’t cause it. It’s something that happens to them. They deserve every collaborative effort.” In its 30-year history, Dee Norton has only had two executive directors: Libby

Ralston and Swiecicki. Hutchison is now leading the organization to its new phase of growth and believes that while she doesn’t have the executive director experience of other candidates, her knowledge of the organization is essential during the trialing times. She said both Swiecicki Ralston were highly trained clinicians with Ph.Ds. “They were brilliant women in their fields of child maltreatment and so passionate,” she said. “I’m the passionate part, but all that education, no. I’m not a clinician.” Throughout her career at Dee Norton, Hutchison has worked as the fundraising coordinator and most recently as the director of development and communications. In her latter role, she was instrumental in the successful $5 million capital campaign to renovate the original King Street Center and build the second Long Point Road location in Mount Pleasant, giving the organization space to double the number of children served. Hutchison never saw herself as a top executive, but the last 18 months changed everyone, including Swiecicki who had a planned on coming back after having a child, but realized she wanted to spend more time at home, Hutchison said. “One of the great things about Dee Norton is how we support not only the families that come in the front door, our

clients, but those who come in the back door — our staff,” Hutchison said. Dee Norton’s board threw the net wide in their national search for a qualified executive director. Several search firms mentioned the concept of hiring someone from an advancement background. “After 30 years I felt like I had that strength,” she said. “I know the organization. Do I know all the things an executive director would know? No. But to be honest, I’m 60 years old, and it’s pretty cool and exciting to think about learning new skills, especially about an organization I’m passionate about.” Her first challenge has been to re-open the doors and from there figure out how to provide services to more children. Dee Norton’s data show around 2,000 people in the community will need service this year. From a business perspective, Hutchison adds that it costs 33% less to handle these cases when the clients are children. Long-term effects of child abuse can lead to increases in teen pregnancies, incarceration, alcoholism and depression. “If we don’t address things now as children, there is the possibility that these children as they grow up won’t be able to manage that trauma in a healthy way and it impacts society,” Hutchison said. CRBJ

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Kathryn Whitaker (second from left) and Corey Alston (middle) were joined by their families on July 19 to paint the sweetgrass basket stands across from the former Boone Hall Market Cafe on U.S. Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant. (Photos/Teri Errico Griffis)

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1940s at the because the undertaking is a win-win for CAP, he said. “Part of the CAP commission is beautifying the town, preserving culture, and also focusing on the arts of the town,” he said. “The sweetgrass basket stands cover that in all three ways: preserving the physical culture of basket weaving, the artisans who use the stands are creating art and us having pride wanting our town to look better.” The craft of sweetgrass basket making has been passed down from generation to generation since the 1700s, and the stands similarly have been run by family after family member. The stands are free-will, operating and are not owned by either the town or county, Alston said. On July 10, day one of the renovation project, Alston was joined by 25 volunteers of all ages. While some were family and CAP members, other volunteers included about 10 Target employees from stores around the area and Costco staff members. Alston and a team of volunteers have updated eight stands in the first two weeks, fixing broken boards, adding fresh coats of paint and clearing brush to allow more cars to pull off U.S. Highway 17 and park. The goal is to make the stands more functional businesses.

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Sweetgrass stands on U.S. Highway 17 have been renovated as part of a larger effort to keep the craft alive and viable as a business. (Photo/Teri Errico Griffis)

Ideally, Alston would love to go bigger with complete renovations, but there have been hurdles in the way of larger-scale plans, such addressing the lack of bathrooms near many stands and pouring concrete floors to give artists a sturdier place to work. Even temporary 2x4 flooring wasn’t approved by the town, Alston said. While he doesn’t necessarily understand the red tape, he is doing his best for the artists who want to get back to selling after more than a year-long hiatus because of the pandemic. “This project is more significant than some of the other beautification projects we’ve done,” said Kathryn Whitaker, CAP chairperson. “It is about the culture of the sweetgrass makers and preserving that for future generations.” Sweetgrass baskets are a Lowcountry tradition with African origins, introduced to South Carolina by West African people who were brought to America to work as slaves. The baskets were originally used for rice production, but have since become decorative art, sought after by tourists who come to the area. Most of the sweetgrass baskets found in the country today come from Mount Pleasant, and the sweetgrass basket is South Carolina’s official state handicraft, Alston said. That’s why he feels so strongly about preserving the stands, and as a result, the industry. “I fell in love with the art because I never realized how beautiful I can create things with my hands,” he said. “I was never a potter; I didn’t turn wood. But I could take this grass and make beautiful pieces. Every piece is different. Every basket is different.” As his family’s representative, Alston collects the work of his five family members and sells them, as well as prints of the art, at the Charleston City Market. He hopes that someday, he can pass the legacy onto his own children. “Heritage is everything…. I don’t want to see my culture become just like many other cultures of America die off,” he said. “I don’t want to see it lost. If I can do anything to benefit my culture, myself as a whole, I’m going to do my best.” CRBJ

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Heron Farms grows its sea beans in vertical racks using an indoor saltwater system. The plants are harvested after seven weeks and marketed as a salt-alternative. (Photo/Provided)

Charleston indoor saltwater farm growing ‘stevia for salt’ By Alexandria Ng

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he call came in with a three-day lead time — a client in Maryland had run out of product and needed 50% of their usual order delivered to them by 5 a.m. Monday. With no other way to fulfill this last-minute order, the small team of 12 at Heron Farms decided that one of them would have to make the nine-hour drive from Charleston to Baltimore with a refrigerated truck, loaded with the urgently requested cargo — sea beans. Sea beans, a nutrient-packed succulent usually found in saltwater marshes, are seeing a growing demand as they gain

recognition, especially in the retail and restaurant world. Charleston-based Heron Farms, the world’s first indoor saltwater farm, is capitalizing on the cultivation of this plant, while combating the environmental impacts of seawater rise. The highly salt-tolerant plant from which sea beans grow manages its natural environment by storing salt inside of its cells. This storage results in the vegetable’s bright, salty flavor. Heron Farms wants to market this as a healthier salt alternative, as opposed to more than 90% of salts sold across the world that were found to contain microplastics, according to a 2018 study from the Environmental Science & Technology

scientific journal. The highest levels were found in sea salts. “We want to be like the stevia for salt,” said JB Joseph, COO of Heron Farms. “We want to produce a viable salt alternative, and since they aren’t able to absorb microplastics, they are the purest form of sea salt that you can get. They also have a ton of nutrients in them; they’re like a borderline superfood.” According to Heron Farms’ March lab report based off lower salinity levels than which they’re currently using, a 100gram sample contained 22.7 calories. Generally, sea beans contain high levels of iron and calcium, with more vitamin A than kale and more magnesium than avocados.

“It’s like plant-based salt; it’s healthier than table salt,” said Sam Norton, founder and CEO of Heron Farms. “Sea beans are a cousin of beets or spinach, and it shares a lot of their health properties.”

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Norton grew up on Isle of Palms. He, like many others living in coastal South Carolina, recognized the growing issue of seawater intrusion and regional flooding. “What motivates me is that seawater doesn’t just have to be a problem; it can be a resource,” Norton said. “The reason why this plant has been so widely funded and researched over the last decade is that we’re realizing that 90% of the saltwater on the planet is actually usable for agri-

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culture if we domesticate these types of plants called halophytes.” Heron Farms uses seawater with a salinity of 30 parts per 1,000 — a little less salty than the Atlantic Ocean. This water runs through the pipes of the automated indoor hydroponic system, an advantage that lets them control growing factors year-round, Norton said. Plants are watered at the same time every day, imitating the tides, but on an expedited schedule. All seawater comes from Bull Bays Saltworks, from which Heron Farms picks up about 750 gallons each week. “We’re taking ocean water, which you can’t drink, and repacking it into a healthy plant-based form,” Norton said. “It’s like biting into a little bit of healthy seawater.” Given the indoor setting, Heron Farms also uses LED light fixtures that mimic optimal growing conditions to maximize yield. Salinity levels, types of seed and water cycles are still being adjusted to test germination rates, Norton noted. The sea beans have an average seven-week seed-to-harvest growth cycle, and the farm produces about a few thousand pounds per year, Norton said. These plants are gathered in 1-ounce or 1-pound packages and distributed for restaurant use or to be included in home meal delivery kits. Restaurants in Charleston like The Obstinate Daughter, Jackrabbit Filly and

ration of the environment to a given product, and we’ve found a niche in that space,” Norton said. “As we prove the science behind it, we’re able to open up this sales funnel and bring in more product and more businesses that want to collaborate.” Heron Farms’ salt marsh restoration occurs via a drone that flies over damaged land and drops seeds of the sea bean plant, one of few plants that can survive in overly salty areas and help bring life back into it.

Looking forward

Team members wash out the racks before new seedlings are brought in. (Photo/Alexandria Ng)

167 Raw have used sea beans on their menus, serving them as garnishes, sauces and flavorings. Grocery stores like Publix, Harris Teeter and Whole Foods have also expressed interest in stocking sea beans on shelves, and produce delivery services like Blue Apron and Imperfect Foods have discussed including products in their boxes. “Chefs are our main way of rolling this out to people, but our biggest customers are grocery box delivery services,” Norton said. “Now that we’re seeing very large companies throughout the U.S. getting on

board and buying our product is a big sign.” Heron Farms sells its 1-ounce package for about $2.59. Prices are in negotiation with these larger companies, Norton said. The company has also partnered with Charleston kombucha company Dalai Sofia by adding the Heron Farms logo to its drink packaging. For every co-branded product sold, Heron Farms will replant one square foot of salt marsh, which has decreased over the years because of dredging and coastal development. “We’re seeing a lot of what’s happening is that brands are going to attach resto-

To maintain demand spikes in the past, Heron Farms has used the help of contract farms. Going forth, plans include expanding locations into the West Coast, as well as introducing more products once the sea bean has been perfected. From a one-person operation to a team that’s raking in about 70 applications for open positions and growing in demand every day, Heron Farms has grown to a point where they expect to break even before the original goal date. “I’ve been doing research for four years, but we’ve only had a commercial-size farm since Thanksgiving, and it was early-May that we were kind of growing and doing a little bit of selling, but mostly trying to do R&D quietly,” Norton said. “I think now, we’re more sales-oriented and timely and ready for our next round of investment.” CRBJ

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A new event name with Credit One’s title sponsorship will be announced at a later date, Charleston Tennis officials said. The Credit One Stadium will make its debut with new renovations in early April for the 50th anniversary of the tennis tournament. Renovations of the 20-year-old facility include expanding capacity from 7,500 seats to 11,000 seats. There will also be 16 fully conditioned permanent suites, new concessions and additional bathrooms. Additionally, a 75,000-square-foot stage house with a partial roof will offer locker rooms, a gym, training facilities, production and media space, catering amenities and a VIP rooftop restaurant and outdoor bar. The stadium is managed by Charleston Tennis LLC under a lease from the city of Charleston. “The tournament’s in great hands with both ownership and the new title sponsor that just allows us to do more investment in this facility, which allows us to do what we do on a day-to-day basis,” said Bob Moran, president of Charleston Tennis LLC. “I think we’re going to see more from us as we continue to grow the tournament and then do more on the event side, be it a festival, concert, you name it.” Charleston Tennis also announced a $10,000 donation to  Kindness Wins,

A rendering shows the newly named Credit One stadium, set to debut with renovations in early April 2022. (Rendering provided)

Steve Simon, CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, speaks at a news conference for Credit One Bank becoming the title sponsor of the WTA 500 tennis tournament and the stadium on Daniel Island. Others in attendance include Madison Keys, WTA professional tennis player and 2019 Charleston champion; John Coombe, senior vice president of marketing at Credit One; and Bob Moran, president of Charleston Tennis LLC. (Photo/Alexandria Ng)

a nonprofit founded by Madison Keys, WTA professional tennis player and 2019 Charleston champion. The organization works to promote kindness and creates and awards grants to other kindness-driven programs. Credit One’s partnership with Charleston Tennis LLC stems back to June 2020 with the reveal of the Credit One Bank

Invitational, which was part of the Tennis Channel’s Re(Open) Tour and the first large-scale tennis event to be held since the pandemic. The tournament included 16 players, more than 40 hours of live coverage on the Tennis Channel, and helped raise funds for frontline workers of the Medical University of South Carolina.

Following the event’s success, Credit One and Charleston Tennis LLC leaders discussed further sponsorship opportunities. “Anytime money is invested in something, others are interested in what’s going on, so we have a lot of people we’re talking to,” Moran said. “We have a lot of companies engaged about the new facility, about the tennis event, so we just see that it’s going to continue.” Credit One’s other existing sponsorships include NASCAR, the  Las Vegas Raiders,  WWE  and the  Vegas Golden Knights. Volva Cars USA, which served as the title sponsor of the tournament and the stadium from 2016 to 2021, will continue to serve as the official vehicle of the WTA 500 event. CRBJ

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Parish Life Center 1065 Folly Road, Charleston Developer/owner: The Bishop of Charleston Architects: Glick Boehm & Associates, Charleston Project Manager: Glick Boehm & Associates, Charleston General contractor: Charles Blanchard Construction Corp., North Charleston Engineers: DWG Engineering Inc., Mount Pleasant (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection); Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Mount Pleasant (structural); Earthsource Engineering, Mount Pleasant (civil); Davis & Floyd Inc., North Charleston (landscape) This project includes new construction and site work for a Parish Life Center building on the existing site of the Church of the Nativity. The building will be an elevated slab on grade with wood framing and will be connected to the existing church with a covered walkway. Exterior finishes include brick, fiber cement, PVC railings and columns, architectural shingle roof and standing seam metal roof. Interior finishes include solid wood doors, plastic laminate casework and porcelain. See CUC, Page 15


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sites with Frampton. As his interest grew, the company offered support and mentorship, leading Green to study construction, finance and management Clemson University. Green said the industry needs to do a better job providing more inclusive internships and education and awareness. “For females right now, what do they do on a summer job? It’s not like they’re going into construction,” he said. As a whole, only 11% of girls tend to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math compared to 36% of boys, an analysis by Junior Achievement found. Whittling down even further, only nine of Frampton’s 52 employees in the Lowcountry are women. Green thinks lingering stereotypes that the industry is dirty and unprofessional perpetuate the lopsided numbers. “If you go back to kind of what construction used to be, it used to be a lot of hands-on activity, a lot of steel, concrete, a lot of stuff that requires physical activity,” he said. “And it still is. But a lot about what Frampton does is construction management. I think the question is more so, why are females not pouring into the management side?” Frampton is making a conscious effort to increase its female staff with not only individuals who fit the culture, but work-

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ers who add to it and add value to the company. While Collins’ 19 brothers are all in construction, she admits it’s made all the difference to find a supportive crew of female colleagues throughout her career, some she has mentored and some have mentored her. She noted with labor shortages, she is seeing more women enter the construction workforce now, primarily through attend vocational schools. “I worked labor. From there, I went to welding for a while,” she said. “It’s a good thing I had mentors. I met a good bunch of people that mentored me to go into safety.” She and Green both think the best experience is the best form of education and an ideal track to rise up through the industry. Collins might be a minority in the field as a woman, but she earned her place through confidence, experience and education. “I’ve helped a lot of contractors from Charleston to Columbia to Virginia that were lacking on safety,” Collins said. “I’ve taken time to help them grow, and they respect that.” Green agreed that Collins’ competence and desire to help has made her highly sought after in the community. “If I could give any advice to females coming in, it’s to have the confidence,” he said. “Come in and ask questions and learn. It’s those people that get respect.” Looking to the future, Green and

“If you don’t see someone who looks like you in a leadership role or who’s been at a company for 25 years, then you don’t see yourself as being that person and you don’t have anyone to look up to.” Mary Martinich Landscape architect and team leader, Seamon Whiteside

his Frampton colleagues are making an effort to engage and educate young children through collegiate recruits on how the industry can be innovative, fun and rewarding. “You go to a Clemson University or Appalachia State and there’s 40 people in a construction major, and maybe two of them are female,” he said. “From the recruiting aspect from where we are today, you have to look at the pipeline coming in. There’s not a huge pipeline of women coming in.”

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Green added that there are a lot of opportunities for women in the field, not only literally being in the field, but working with technology, building information modeling, design and advocating for municipalities and acquiring permits. Green said the industry is exciting for problem solvers. Mary Martinich, landscape architect and team leader with Seamon Whiteside, knows firsthand the uphill battle women in the industry face. A major challenge is the lack of female role models who can mentor young women in the industry and support them amidst the adversity, she said. “If you don’t see someone who looks like you in a leadership role or who’s been at a company for 25 years, then you don’t see yourself as being that person and you don’t have anyone to look up to,” she said. Gender bias is also very prevalent in the construction world, Martinich said. Women are often scrutinized and stereotyped for being passionate and requiring a direct approach to build the trust that comes without question for men. In the past, Martinich has had several experiences where she was shot down by a client, only to ask a male colleague to follow-up with the same idea and have his identical suggestion be accepted immediately. “This happens so much,” she said.

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Prioritizing Men’s Heart Health Since construction is a male-dominated industry, we are focusing on men’s health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, and you can make a difference by addressing heart disease risk factors. Simple changes such as eating healthy, getting regular exercise, quitting smoking and knowing your blood pressure numbers can make a big difference in improving your health. Strong men put their health first! • Men have a greater risk of heart attack than women do and have attacks earlier in life. • Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. • 47% of men have high blood pressure, which is higher than women.

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“One thing I wish I knew was how do you get people to trust what you’re saying? … There’s not a lot of training that goes along with how to play in a man’s world.” Martinich understands clients may not intend to be biased, and maybe she is more aware of it happening as the recipient, but even so, she feels these situations happen far too often. With only 30% female employees, Seamon Whiteside initiated a women’s support group in July for staff members to get together, share experiences and offer support. Issues in the industry span from top to bottom for women, Martinich said. While the community is aimed at creating a stronger voice for women, male staff members are encouraged to sit in, and many have. With Seamon Whiteside’s new human resources director sitting in on these meetings, Martinich said the company can help better track employee retention rates, especially female retention rates, to see if there are concerns, as well as successes. “One thing we’ve done is we have everyone’s picture on the website so you can look and see what the makeup of that firm is like,” Martinich said. “When I’m searching for a job, personally, I want to see who’s in a leadership position. It will speak volumes to me about a company if

Mary Martinich, a landscape architect and team leader with Seamon Whiteside, said that a lack of leadership role models in construction prevents some women from considering the industry sector as a career. (Photo/Seamon Whiteside)

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Baker Collection Mount Pleasant 2121 U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant Developer/owner: Baker Motor Co., Charleston Architects: Glick Boehm & Associates, Charleston Project Manager: Glick Boehm & Associates, Charleston General contractor: Hill Construction, Charleston Engineers: DWG Inc. (mechanical, electrical, plumbing); ADC Engineering (structural); Seamon Whiteside Engineering (civil) Estimated completion date: October 2021 Estimated total cost of project: $750,000 This project includes new construction and site work for a new 1,300 square-foot dealership. The building was designed to be the width of a parking space to take up as little space as possible, but to also create maximum impact to draw customers to the site. Exterior finishes include exposed steel structure, curtain wall glazing and a smooth gray drainable exterior insulation finishing system. Interior finishes include sliding glass partition doors and custom CNC milled backsplash behind the cafe area.

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Architects: Glick Boehm & Associates, Charleston Project Manager: Glick Boehm & Associates, Charleston General contractor: Hill Construction, Charleston Engineers: Constantine Engineering (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection); Cranston Engineering (structural); HLA Engineering (civil) Estimated completion date: June 2021 Estimated total cost of project: $2.5 million This project includes new core and shell construction and site work for a 12,000 square-foot retail center broken into two buildings. One 8,000 square-foot retail building and a 4,000 square-foot building with two restaurants. The buildings are on a concrete slab with wood and steel construction. Exterior finishes include white washed brick, artisan fiber cement shiplap siding, gray storefront glazing, gray architectural canopies and standing seam metal roof.

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MUSC New College of Pharmacy and Colbert Library Renovations 171 and 173 Ashley Ave., Charleston Developer/owner: State of South Carolina Architects: Compass 5 Partners LLC, Cayce Project Manager: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Charleston General contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Charleston Engineers: ADC Engineering, Hanahan (civil, structural); RMF Engineers, Charleston (electrical, mechanical) Estimated completion date: August 2022 Estimated total cost of project: $40,000,000 (construction only) This project includes a new 25,000 square-foot, two-story College of Pharmacy building featuring office and conference space, renovations to four large classrooms and a 3,000 squarefoot auditorium within Basic Science Building to provide flexible teaching space, extensive structural renovations to remove sloping floors and renovations and an addition to Colbert Library and Education Center to include new study spaces, classrooms and office space.


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North Charleston Charter High School/ Lean4Life 6209 Rivers Ave., North Charleston Developer/owner: Learn4Life, Charleston Architects: Stubbs, Muldrow, Herin Architects, Mount Pleasant General contractor: SouthCon Building Group LLC, Mount Pleasant Engineers: DWG Inc., Mount Pleasant (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) Estimated completion date: September 2021 This project includes the renovation of an existing 7,000 square-foot tenant space with a conversion to a new charter high school that involves demolishing existing walls, ceilings, and finishes to be replaced with new drywall partitions, reconfiguration and expansion of existing MEP systems and the installation of new acoustical ceilings, flooring, and wood doors, frames and hardware. CODFather II- Nexton interior restaurant upfit 508 Nexton Square, Summerville Developer/owner: The CODFather Proper Fish & Chips II LLC, Summerville Architects: Alan Jackson Architect LLC, Mount Pleasant General contractor: SouthCon Building Group LLC, Mount Pleasant Engineers: EPIC Engineering Solutions, Mount Pleasant (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) Estimated completion date: September 2021 This project includes design and build work for 2,571 square-feet of shell building restaurant upfit. The interior build-out will include a full kitchen/cook line, prep kitchen, walk-in cooler and freezer, dining room and a full-service bar area. The project also includes decorative flooring, light gauge metal framing, new kitchen equipment, fire protection, rooftop HVAC equipment and ducts, new electrical panels and devices, fire alarms and security.

1280 Hospital Drive Suites 300 and 301 1280 Hospital Drive, Mount Pleasant Developer/owner: Healthcare Trust of America, Charleston General contractor: Chastain Construction, Inc., Charleston Estimated completion date: September 2021 Estimated total cost of project:$76,000 The renovation of this 8,970 square-foot space includes the demolition and renovation of walls, custom casework, new solid-surface countertops, fire-rated doors and frames, hardware, acoustical panel ceiling, flooring, painting, HVAC, lighting, plumbing and fire protection.

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Lowcountry Endoscopy Center 207 McBride Lane, Summerville Developer/owner: Charleston GI Real Estate Holdings, Summerville Architects: Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects, Mount Pleasant General contractor: M.B. Kahn Construction, Charleston This project includes new construction and site work for a 13,000 square-foot center on 2 acres. The building will be the first free-standing endoscopy center owned and operated by independent, board-certified gastroenterologists in Berkeley County. The interior features locally-sourced and reclaimed materials such as barnwood with stainless steel and other medical grade finishes throughout. The exterior features exposed beams and barn-door-look finishes.

Seascape villa renovation 3555 Shipwatch Drive, Kiawah Island Architects: Camens Architectural Group, Charleston Project Manager: R.M. Buck Builders LLC, Johns Island General contractor: R.M. Buck Builders LLC, Johns Island Estimated completion date: Recently completed The renovation of this second-floor, oceanfront villa included the addition of a new structural floor to create an elevated loft space. The outdoor screen porch was converted to a bright, indoor living area. All exterior windows were replaced with new impact-rated windows and a new customized layout of the kitchen and a redesign of the master bath were constructed.

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Architects: McMillan Pazdan Smith, Charleston General contractor: Choate Construction, Mount Pleasant Engineers: WGPM Inc., Charlotte (structural); Thomas & Hutton, Mount Pleasant (civil) Estimated completion date: Fall 2021 This project includes new construction and site work for a 63,000 square-foot warehouse for Carolina-based moving and storage company Smith Dray Line. The building will be constructed from precast panels and structural steel over concrete slab and equipped with five dock doors, hydraulic levelers and a drivein ramp. Three-thousand square feet of the interior space will be transitioned into office space.

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Brock Cabinets - Charleston 7055 Cross County Road, North Charleston Developer/owner: Brock Cabinets Inc. Architects: James P. Verkaik Architect LLC Project Manager: Mike Colavita, Brantley Construction Co. LLC, North Charleston General contractor: Brantley Construction Co. LLC, North Charleston Engineers: Earthsource Engineering (civil); The J. R. Broadway Co. LLC (structural); Henry C. Eyre III, PE (mechanical, plumbing); Merge Engineering (Electrical) Estimated completion date: August 2021 Estimated total cost of project: $3,264,000 This project includes new construction and site work for a 33,000 square-foot building with 4,000 square feet dedicated for offices and showroom, a 4,000 square-foot mezzanine above for additional storage, a wood shop and warehouse. Details include pre-finished insulated metal wall panels, galvanized awnings, metal louvre exhaust covers, high-impact glazing and natural-light panels. For fire protection, a wet pipe sprinkler system will be installed. The building has multiple coiling doors access throughout the building and truck loading dock.

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The Rumney 695 Meeting St., Charleston Developer/owner: Madison Capital Group LLC, Charlotte, NC Architects: Goff D’Antonio Associates, Charleston Engineers: Saber Engineering, Charlotte (mechanical, electrical, plumbing); Seamon Whiteside, Mount Pleasant (civil, landscape); Britt Peters & Associates Inc., Mount Pleasant (structural) Estimated completion date: 2021 This project includes new construction and site work on a mixed-use housing development spanning the corner of Meeting and Romney streets in a rapidly developing area of downtown Charleston.

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Leach Oral Surgery 4986 Calvin St., North Charleston Developer/owner: Dr. Daniel Leach Oral Surgery, North Charleston Architects: Synchronicity Land + Architecture, Charleston General contractor: Choate Interiors, Mount Pleasant Engineers: Constantine Engineering Associates, Charleston (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) Estimated completion date: Summer 2021 This project includes the renovation of a medical office building for a new oral surgery practice for Dr. Daniel Leach. The scope of work features the renovation of the interior and exterior space to include dedicated surgery rooms, recovery rooms, office space, a board room and patient waiting space.

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741 Meeting Street commercial development 741 Meeting St., Charleston Developer/owner: Middle Street Partners Architects: The Middleton Group, Charleston; Sottile & Sottile, Savannah General contractor: Mashburn Construction Co., Charleston Engineers: Tobias & West LLC, Mount Pleasant (structural); Hensley and Goerling LLC, Charleston (mechanical, electrical, plumbing); Sitecast LLC, Mount Pleasant (civil); Wertimer + Cline, Charleston (landscape) Estimated completion date: Spring 2022 This project includes construction and site work for a 30,000 square-foot commercial building. The team recently poured the podium slab on the second floor, placed concrete masonry unit walls up to 28 inches, 11 inches from the finished floor slab, and poured the elevator shaft walls to the same elevation. They have also placed the CMU mockup panel walls and waterproofed them with the Sto Gold system and have installed all of the plumbing work along the underside of the podium slab.

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Meeting Street Academy nurse’s office renovation 642 Meeting St., Charleston Developer/owner: Meeting Street Academy LLC, Charleston Architects: LS3P Associates Ltd., Charleston General contractor: Choate Interiors, Mount Pleasant Engineers: DWG Inc., Mount Pleasant (mechanical, electrical) Estimated completion date: Summer 2021 This project includes new renovations for the existing nurse’s office within Meeting Street Academy. The renovations involve converting the space to include two separate spaces, interventionist and nurse office, and adding a glass partition to the current interventionist space.

Mitchell Math and Science Elementary School renovations 2 Perry St., Charleston Developer/owner: Charleston County School District Architects: Red Iron Architects, North Charleston Project Manager: Creighton Williams, Brantley Construction Co. LLC, North Charleston General contractor: Brantley Construction Co. LLC, North Charleston

Engineers: Cumming Management Group Inc., North Charleston (program manager); Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Mount Pleasant (structural); Owens and Associates Inc., Mount Pleasant (mechanical); Critical Systems Engineering, Mount Pleasant (electrical) Estimated completion date: August 2021 Estimated total cost of project: $5,527,000 The renovation of this 51,450 square-foot, three-story building includes a new second floor entrance, offices, classrooms, kitchenettes, restrooms and a roof. A 605 square-foot addition of a new elevator and machine room consists of structural steel, joists, trusses and metal decking on load-bearing concrete masonry units with brick veneer. The renovation also involves upgrades to HVAC, electrical, technology and fire protection, interior finishes of luxury vinyl tile, porcelain tile, carpet tiles, acoustical ceilings, paint and casework.

The Opportunity Center 8570 Rivers Ave., North Charleston Developer/owner: Homes of Hope Inc., Greenville Architects: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture Inc., Charleston General contractor: J Musselman Construction Inc., Charleston Engineers: Britt Peters and Associates, Mount Pleasant

(structural); Epic Engineering Inc., Mount Pleasant (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection) Estimated completion date: Fourth quarter, 2021 This project includes renovations for a 34,600 square-foot warehouse space recently acquired by Homes for Hope to create a headquarters for local nonprofits, a business incubator and a career training facility. Increasing H.O.P.E., the Center for Heirs Property Preservation and the S.C. Association for the Community Economic Development will be headquartered here. Shared amenities include conference rooms, print room, phone booths and a break area.

Charleston Water Systems Customer Technology Center 6330 Murray Drive, Hanahan Developer/owner: Commissioners of Public Works, Charleston Architects: LS3P Associates Ltd., Charleston General contractor: Choate Construction, Mount Pleasant Engineers: ADC Engineering Inc., Hanahan (civil, structural); RMF Engineering, Mount Pleasant (mechanical, electrical) Estimated completion date: Spring 2022 This project includes new construction and site work for a 34,000 square-foot, two-story Customer Technology Center for Charleston Water Systems. The scope of work includes all sitework, utility, structural, electrical and mechanical services. The center will feature offices, conference rooms, break rooms, open work space, and an emergency operations center. Additionally, a new employee and guest entrance will be constructed with a secure guardhouse.

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Family Asset Management 997 Morrison Drive, Suite 401, Charleston Developer/owner: CTC Holdings Office LLC, Charleston Architects: McMillan Pazdan Smitch Architecture, Charleston; Lauren Sanchez Design Ltd., Charleston (Interior Design) General contractor: J. Musselman Construction Inc., Charleston Engineers: Barret Woodyard & Associates, Norcross, Ga. Estimated completion date: Recently completed The renovation at the Charleston Technical Center included the use of European-style casework, wood trim, Dirtt glass modular wall systems, drywall and acoustic ceilings, flooring and paint, as well as mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection.

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BDP International 4401 Leeds Ave., Suite 280, North Charleston Developer/owner: Holder Properties, North Charleston Architects: Nelco Architecture Inc., Alpharetta, Ga. General contractor: J. Musselman Construction Inc., Charleston Engineers: Barret Woodyard & Associates Norcross, Ga. Estimated completion date: Recently completed The renovation of a 4,500 square-foot interior space on the second floor of the River Oaks Center included the use of prefinished cherry doors, carpet tile, vinyl tile, cabinets, countertops, exposed ceilings and linear LED strip lighting. The new office space will be occupied by BDP International. The floor plan includes new offices, a conference room, open office area and break room. Duckett Hall at The Citadel 171 Moultrie St., Charleston Developer/owner: The Citadel, Charleston Architects: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture LLC, Charleston General contractor: J. Musselman Construction Inc., Charleston Engineers: DWG Inc., Mount Pleasant Estimated completion date: July 2021 This project consists of a new renovation to an existing classroom in Duckett Hall at The Citadel to create a new Anatomage room. Scope of work includes renovations to accommodate Anatomage equipment, student and teacher seating, tables, lab casework, and new ceiling and floor finishes.


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Johns Island Pharmacy 3133 Maybank Highway, Johns Island Developer/owner: Johns Island Pharmacy Architects: Cobb Architects, Charleston General contractor: J. Musselman Construction Inc., Charleston Engineers: Earthsource Engineering, Mount Pleasant; Constantine Engineering Associates LLC, Charleston Estimated completion date: September 2021 This project includes construction and site work for a new addition to an existing structure on Johns Island to create a compounding Pharmacy. The site work will include supporting parking spaces, sidewalks and drive aisles along with complete remodeling of the interior to include custom cabinets for the lab/pharmacy, flooring, doors and hardware, and new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Tijon 344 King St., Charleston Developer/owner: Tijon General contractor: J. Musselman Construction Inc. Estimated completion date: Summer 2021 This project includes the remodeling of a small historic space downtown into a retail business for Tijon, with new architectural details including flooring, lighting, paint and casework.

NOAA Hollings Marine Coral Lab 331 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston Developer/owner: U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, Md. Architects: Mead & Hunt Architecture Inc., North Charleston General contractor: J Musselman Construction Inc., Charleston Estimated completion date: Summer 2021 This project includes a 101,024 square-foot renovation for the NOAA Hollings Marine Laboratory. It will be completed in phases with the relocation of laboratory and office equipment and involves new paint, casework, and flooring amongst other finishes.

3 Corporate Parkway Goose Creek Developer/owner: King Baby LLC, North Charleston Architects: John E. Gardner, Huger General contractor: J. Musselman Construction Inc. Estimated completion date: Summer 2021 This project includes new construction and renovations for the new Flooring Services headquarters. Interior renovations of the 4,500 square-foot office consist of flooring showroom improvements, additional office space and updated restroom and break room areas. A new 4,375 square-foot office build-out includes a new architectural floorplan featuring private offices and open office space, as well as new mechanical, electrical and fire alarm systems.

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Poinsette Senior Care 194 Spring St., Charleston Developer/owner: Liberty Senior Care, Wilmington, N.C.; Hamilton Development, Greenville Architects: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Charleston General contractor: Trident Construction, North Charleston Engineers: Fine Tuned Structures LLC, Summerville (structural); Echo Engineering LLC, Mount Pleasant (mechanical, electrical, plumbing); Forsberg Engineering, Charleston (civil); Terracon, North Charleston (geotechnical) Estimated completion date: February 2022 This project includes new construction and site work for an 87,000 square-foot assisted living and memory care facility in downtown Charleston near MUSC. Work on the building exterior is nearly complete. The approximately 100-bed facility has four residential levels as well as guest reception, spa, salon, fitness center and theater.

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Camp Hall Village Phase I Park & Avian Pavilions 464 Autonomous Drive, Ridgeville Developer/owner: Santee Cooper, Moncks Corner Architects: Rush Dixon Architects Inc., North Charleston General contractor: Choate Construction, Mount Pleasant Engineers: ADC Engineering Inc., Hanahan (civil, structural); DWG Inc., Mount Pleasant (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) Estimated completion date: Winter 2021 This project includes construction and site work for a new 6,800-acre commerce park called Camp Hall. Choate is constructing four open air pavilions spread out among the park site. Each pavilion will have seating areas and maps of the future sports fields, trail paths and athleisure space. Each pavilion is constructed of painted structural steel and architectural concrete.

 

   

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Architecture Firms

Ranked by No. of Registered Architects in the Charleston Area Company

Phone / Website / Email

Top Local Official(s) / Year Founded

Architects / Employees

LS3P Associates Ltd 205 1/2 King St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-4444 www.ls3p.com connect@ls3p.com

Marc Marchant 1963

30 83

Architecture, interiors, planning

Liollio Architecture 1640 Meeting Street Road, Suite 202 Charleston, SC 29405

843-762-2222 www.liollio.com info@liollio.com

Andy Clark, Jennifer Charzewski, Dinos Liollio, Jay White 1956

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Providing architecture, interior design, programming, historic preservation, renovation and master planning services for the U.S. southeast region

SMHa Inc. 400 Hibben St. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-881-7642 www.smha.com m.delcioppo@smha.com

Marjorie Longshore 1990

14 18

Preliminary design and feasibility studies; site analysis, planning and utilization; architectural and interior design; project management; bidding and negotiation; contract administration; post contract services

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture 121 Calhoun St., Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29401

843-566-0771 www.mcmillanpazdansmith.com pmyers@mcmillanpazdansmith.com

Paulette Myers 1955

9 36

Planning and programming, architecture, interior design, construction administration, historic preservation, sustainable design

Mead & Hunt 5595 Core Road, Suite 510 North Charleston, SC 29406

843-486-8330 www.meadhunt.com brittany.williams@meadhunt.com

Dan Moses, Robert Moore 1900

8 15

Planning, design and engineering services in architecture and interior design, dams and hydro power, food processing, military, municipal infrastructure, transportation, water and wastewater in Lexington, Myrtle Beach and North Charleston

Bello Garris Architects 76 Spring St., Suite B Charleston, SC 29403

843-640-3566 www.bellogarris.com eddie@bellogarris.com

Eddie Bello, Eric Garris 2015

5 6

Architecture, historic preservation, interior design, city planning, local design

Glick Boehm & Associates Inc. 493 King St., Suite 100 Charleston, SC 29403

843-577-6377 www.glickboehm.com isabelle@glickboehm.com

Myles I. Glick 1981

5 13

Architecture, interior design, planning

SGA NarmourWright Design 804 Meeting St., Suite 103 Charleston, SC 29403

843-853-4506 www.sganwdesign.com info@sganwdesign.com

Bill Eubanks, Steve Goggins, Don Baus 2018

5 19

Team of design and planning professionals, in-house disciplines of architecture, interior design, land planning and landscape architecture

Applied Building Sciences 2308 Cosgrove Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405

843-724-1456 www.appliedbuildingsciences.com info@appliedbuildingsciences.com

Jason Gregorie, Scott Harvey, Al Schweickhardt 2003

4 28

Architecture, building enclosure consulting, roof consulting, structural and civil engineering

Camens Architectural Group 3461 Maybank Highway Johns Island, SC 29455

843-768-3800 www.camensarchitecturalgroup.com gina@camensarchitecturalgroup.com

Marc Camens 1982

4 12

Architectural services for new construction and renovations

CEMS Engineering Inc. 108 Bentons Lodge Road, Suite B Summerville, SC 29485

843-875-3637 www.cems-ae.com info@cems-ae.com

Stephen Mahaffey, Scott Perkins 1989

4 58

Architecture, interior design, civil, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, structural, fire protection, planning and commissioning

Goff D'Antonio Associates Ltd. 34 Radcliffe St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-577-2163 www.goffdantonio.com ggoff@goffdantonio.com

R. Garey Goff, Tony Giuliani, Henry D'Antonio 1991

4 10

Architecture, interior design and planning for hospitality, education, mixed use, multifamily, health care and commercial projects

The Middleton Group 1503 King Street Extension, Suite 202 Charleston, SC 29405

843-302-0632 www.themiddletongroup.net megan@themiddletongroup.net

Laura K. Middleton, Blake Middleton 2007

4 11

Architecture and interior design; ground up, renovations and additions; project types include adaptive reuse, commercial and medical offices, education, historic, hospitality, mixed use, multi-family, residential and more

Red Iron Architects LLC 4591 Durant Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405

843-834-2677 www.red-ironarchitects.com info@red-ironarchitects.com

Emma Souder 2011

4 10

Commercial design, residential design, interior design, educational, governmental, hospitality

Coast Architects Inc. 671 St. Andrews Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407

843-763-7064 www.coastarchitects.net connie@coastarchitects.net

Connie Zafiris, Arnie McClure 2003

3 4

Architectural and design services

Moseley Architects 44 Markfield Drive, Suite D Charleston, SC 29407

843-577-5063 www.moseleyarchitects.com bwhitener@moseleyarchitects.com

LIsa Demmel, Benjamin S. Whitener, Corey McCalla 1969

3 6

Architecture, interior design, engineering, construction administration

Rosenblum Coe Architects Inc. 1643 Means St. Charleston, SC 29412

843-577-6073 www.rosenblumcoe.com rca@rosenblumcoe.com

Josh Caplea, Steve Coe 1971

3 7

Architecture, master planning, interior architecture, feasibility studies, cost estimating, 3D visualization and virtual reality

Spivey Architects Inc. 147 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 304 Charleston, SC 29412

843-795-9370 www.spiveyarchitects.com mspivey@spiveyarchitects.com

Michael W. Spivey 1983

3 5

Custom commercial and residential design services; commercial interiors, tenant upfit, planning, consultation

Tyler A. Smyth Architect LLC 990 Morrison Drive, Suite B Charleston, SC 29403

843-724-7787 www.tylerasmyth.com info@tylerasmyth.com

Tyler A. Smyth 2011

3 3

Architecture and full-service design, specializing in custom residential architecture; historic renovations and restorations, custom primary and vacation residences and renovations; commercial upfits

Walker Concepts Architecture LLC 91 Broad St., Suite B Charleston, SC 29401

843-727-3140 www.walker-concepts.com jwalker@walker-concepts.com

James S. Walker 1986

3 4

Architecture, planning, interior architecture, interior space planning, design architect and consulting services (formerly Schmitt Walker Architects)

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Architecture Firms

Ranked by No. of Registered Architects in the Charleston Area Company

Phone / Website / Email

Top Local Official(s) / Year Founded

Architects / Employees

Wayne Windham Architect P.A. 1779 Main Road Johns Island, SC 29455

843-243-0790 www.waynewindhamarchitect.com info@waynewindhamarchitect.com

Gordon Wayne Windham 1981

3 7

High-end residential architecture, single-family custom home design, renovations, 3D visualizations and fly-arounds, light commercial architecture

Anderson Studio of Architecture & Design 20 Broadway St., Suite 101 Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-937-6001 www.theandersonstudio.com designers@theandersonstudio.com

Scott W. Anderson 2010

2 6

Architecture and interior design with a focus on bespoke residences and hospitality

Architecture Plus 1044 E. Montague Ave., Suite 201 North Charleston, SC 29405

843-718-3416 www.architectureplusllc.com info@architectureplusllc.com

Tim S. Hilkhuijsen, Kevin E. Whalley, Aaron Ede 2011

2 8

Residential custom design and commercial new construction design, renovations, adaptive reuse of existing and historic buildings and design of public facilities and investment properties; award winning designs recognized nationally and locally

Cumulus Architecture & Design LLC 42 Warren St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-607-3888 www.cumulusarchitecture.com info@cumulusarchitecture.com

Abby F. Lesslie, Robert D. Lesslie 2011

2 2

Architecture, custom residential architecture, renovations, conceptual design, island design, home design

Glenn Keyes Architects LLC 12 Vanderhorst St., Suite B Charleston, SC 29403

843-722-4100 www.glennkeyesarchitects.com

Glenn Keyes 1986

2 3

Range of architectural services specializing in historic preservation and the adaptive use of historic structures; consulting and architectural services for analysis of existing structures

Rush Dixon Architects 4491 Summey St. North Charleston, SC 29405

843-270-8943 www.rushdixon.com judy@rushdixon.com

Judy Dixon, Rush Dixon 2005

2 2

Contemporary architecture and design firm; modern design for living and doing business

Simons Young & Associates 3 Morris St., Suite B Charleston, SC 29403

843-277-0996 www.simonsyoung.com simons@simonsyoung.com

Simons W. Young 2009

2 4

Architectural services for historic building renovations and preservation work, new buildings in the historic environment; residential and commercial

Swallowtail Architecture 814 N. Cedar St. Summerville, SC 29483

843-885-9400 www.swallowtailarchitecture.com info@swallowtailarchitecture.com

Rachel F. Burton 2011

2 4

Bespoke residential architectural design and boutique commercial projects

AJ Architects LLC 538 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-810-0029 www.ajarch.net ashley@ajarch.net

Ashley K. Jennings 1997

1 3

Renovation, restoration, design

Alice B. Lanham Architect 2978 Cane Slash Road Johns Island, SC 29455

843-795-8735 alicelanham@aol.com

Alice B. Lanham 1994

1 1

Architecture

b Studio Architecture 582 Rutledge Ave. Charleston, SC 29403

843-608-1858 www.bstudioarch.com info@bstudioarch.com

Chris Bonner 2009

1 2

Architecture, real estate and design services for client assets; focuses on hospitality, custom residential and light commercial design projects across the low country

Berenyi Inc. 49 Immigration St., Suite 201 Charleston, SC 29403

843-284-2000 www.berenyi.com

Tony A. Berenyi, Jordan Behringer, Razvan Cojocaru 1990

1 12

General contractor, design build commercial and industrial projects, structural and architectural

BRPH Architects Engineers Inc. 229 Huger St., Suite 200 Charleston, SC 29403

843-743-0222 www.brph.com info@brph.com

Stephen Gallagher 1964

1 8

Full-service architecture, engineering and construction services firm serving clients in the aerospace and defense, manufacturing, entertainment, hospitality, commercial and education market sectors

Cobb Architects 67 Washington St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-856-7333 www.cobbarchitecture.com dac@cobbarchitecture.com

Darryl A. Cobb 2000

1 5

Custom homes, renovation, small commercial

Constantine Architecture LLC 1643 Savannah Highway, Suite B272 Charleston, SC 29407

843-852-5241 www.constantinearchitecture.com irene@constantinearchitecture.com

Irene E. Constantine 2010

1 1

Architecture, interiors, IBC and IRC consulting, construction contract administration, planning, residential, commercial, retail, graphic design

Dolphin Architects & Builders 3730 Bohicket Road Johns Island, SC 29455

843-768-2404 www.dolphinbuilders.com info@dolphinbuilders.com

Noel Kade, Jonathan Marshall, Christopher Ibsen 1990

1 12

Custom design and build firm featuring fully-licensed architecture, interior design and construction expertise

Epps Architecture 1 Pinckney St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-2080 www.eppsarchitecture.net eppsarch@att.net

Robert E. Epps 1985

1 1

Architecture and interior architecture

GJS Architecture LLC 3251 Landmark Drive, Suite 241 North Charleston, SC 29418

843-722-4334 www.gjs-architecture.org robertgerber@gjs-architecture.com

Robert V. Gerber 2003

1 4

Church architecture, including ministry planning, programming and master planning, full architectural services, interior design

Hudson Designs Inc. 3690 Bohicket Road, Suite 3C Johns Island, SC 29455

843-768-0662 www.hdiarchitect.com info@hdiarchitect.com

Charles L. Hudson 1997

1 2

Planning, architecture design

James P. Verkaik Architect LLC 4846 Causey Pond Road Awendaw, SC 29429

843-200-3509 www.jamesverkaik.com james.the.architect.llc@gmail.com

James P. Verkaik 2002

1 2

Multi-story Class A tilt concrete office buildings; Class A tenant upfit, medical, dental and surgery center work, custom residential on new homes and addition, remodel

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Architecture Firms

Ranked by No. of Registered Architects in the Charleston Area Company

Phone / Website / Email

Top Local Official(s) / Year Founded

Architects / Employees

Julia F. Martin Architects LLC 210 Rutledge Ave., 2nd Floor Charleston, SC 29403

843-577-3275 www.jfmarchitects.com info@jfmarchitects.com

Julia F. Martin 2007

1 3

Historic preservation, renovations, new construction, residential and small-scale commercial design

KW Designs LLC 2744 Samuel Gibbs Road Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

843-990-1923 www.kwdesignsllc.net kwoudstra@kwdesigns.net

Kyle Woudstra 2020

1 2

Architecture, master planning, design, construction administration

Michael E. Karamus Architect LLC 3690 Bohicket Road, Suite 3A Johns Island, SC 29455

843-768-9980 www.mkarchllc.com mkaramus@aol.com

Michael E. Karamus 1999

1 1

Site planning, residential design, interior architecture, small commercial design

R 4 Architecture 513 Savannah Highway, Suite A Charleston, SC 29407

843-531-6843 www.r4architecture.com

Michael Remesi 2007

1 3

Design of buildings and spaces with client interaction; experience in hospitality, restaurant, retail, office, industrial and planning

Samuel Furr Architects 2968 Maybank Highway Johns Island, SC 29455

843-559-5524 www.samfurrarchitects.com june@samfurrarchitects.com

Samuel Furr 1990

1 3

Custom high-end residential design

Synchronicity 69 Morris St., Suite 101 Charleston, SC 29403

843-203-4766 www.synchronicity.design info@synchronicity.design

Todd Richardson, Luke Jarrett 2016

1 9

Density, urban infill, redevelopment, mixed-use, adaptive reuse, master planning, land solutions, development strategy, rezoning, entitlement, feasibility studies, PUD writing, affordable and workforce housing, senior living and amenity centers

TMD Architects 705 Hibbens Grant Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-754-1400 www.tmdarchitects.com info@tmdarchitects.com

Trevor M. Draper 2009

1 1

Custom architecture services, specializing in residential design and consulting, new construction, additions and renovations

Tommy Manuel Architect 49 Elizabeth St. Charleston, SC 29403

?843-790-4309? www.manuelarchitecture.com info@manuelarchitecture.com

Tommy R. Manuel 2015

1 1

Residential architecture, new construction, additions and major renovations

Tucker Architectural 772 Gypsy Lane Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-881-6426 www.tuckerarchitectural.com tuckeraia@gmail.com

Joe Tucker 1981

1 3

Architecture

Vinyet Architecture 56 Broad St., 3rd Floor Charleston, SC 29401

843-619-7662 www.vin-yet.com contact@vin-yet.com

Bill R. Senst 2009

1 3

Commercial and residential architecture

Michael Baker International Inc 4425 Belle Oaks Drive North Charleston, SC 29405

843-329-0050 www.mbakerintl.com

Chris Wood 1940

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Architecture, highway, bridge, aviation design, environmental and construction services

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Hotels

Ranked by No. of Guest Rooms Property

Phone / Website / Email

Sales Director / Top Local Official(s) / Year Founded

Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel 205 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-722-4900 www.belmond.com/charlestonplace info.cph@belmond.com

Charlie Wellman Rui Reis 1986

434 29 $300

24-hour room service, airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, spa

Charleston Marriott 170 Lockwood Blvd. Charleston, SC 29403

843-723-3000 www.marriottcharleston.com karen.dejong@marriott.com

Karen Burr Patrick Rogers 2007

344 13 $179

Business center, fitness center, on-site restaurant, pool

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455

843-768-6000 www.kiawahresort.com reservations@kiawahresort.com

Marty Couch Roger Warren 2004

255 15 $383

24-hour room service, airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool, spa

Francis Marion Hotel 387 King St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-722-0600 www.francismarioncharleston.com info@thefrancismarion.com

Tripp Hays Gayle Karolczyk 1924

234 14 $169

Business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, spa

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel 115 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-2400 www.millshouse.com info@millshouse.com

Tim Kline Michael Linder 1853

216 10 $285

Business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Courtyard Charleston Waterfront 35 Lockwood Drive Charleston, SC 29401

843-722-7229 www.marriott.com/chscy christine.greenleaf@marriott.com

Christine Greenleaf Robert Heilman 1997

179 2 $159

Business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Harbor Mount Pleasant 100 Ferry Wharf Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-981-5700 www.hilton.com chssc_ds@hilton.com

Lindsey McQueary Paul Tomasetti 2021

175 5 $189

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Hampton Inn Charleston - Historic District 345 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-723-4000 www.charlestonhistoricdistrict.hamptoninn.com chshd_hampton@hilton.com

Connie Hess Kristy Watson 1992

170 1 $165

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant 250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-884-6000 www.mountpleasantlyindigo.com cmlittle@northph.com

Caitla Little Kumar Jha 2018

158 6 $149

Business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic 337 Meeting St. Charleston, SC 29403

843-723-6900 www.historiccharleston.embassysuites.com chses_ds@hilton.com

Connie Hess Jose Machuca 1996

153 5 $179

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston Airport 7401 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406

843-518-6200 www.charlestonairportsuites.doubletree.com chsnc_ds@hilton.com

Nancy Lee Jeromi Quincy 2011

149 6 $149

Airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

DoubleTree by Hilton North Charleston Convention Center 5264 International Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-576-0300 www.hilton.com bpainter@lowcountryhotels.com

Kristy Kinney Rick Buggle 2006

142 4 $129

Airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston Airport 3020 W. Montague Ave. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-990-5100 www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com chsap_hampton_suites@hilton.com

Ashley Adams Tara Bergin 2017

139 3 $129

Airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Courtyard by Marriott North Charleston - Charleston 7465 Northside Drive North Charleston, SC 29420

843-572-7490 www.marriott.com/chsco sales@solarahotels.com

Sarah Kelly Andre Fontana 2019

138 2 $159

Business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston / Mount Pleasant 300 Wingo Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-606-4600 www.charlestonmtpleasant.hgi.com sarah.parrish@hilton.com

Sarah Parrish Sarah Parrish 2015

133 4 $199

24-hour room service, business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Tides Folly Beach 1 Center St. Folly Beach, SC 29439

843-588-6464 www.tidesfollybeach.com sales@tidesfollybeach.com

Caitlin Corrigan Pietro Giardini 2010

132 5 $189

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Courtyard by Marriott Mount Pleasant 1251 Woodland Ave. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-284-0900 www.marriott.com/chscm ashley.miller@marriott.com

Ashley Miller Cheryl M. Craven 2007

130 5 $159

Business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Town & Country Inn & Suites 2008 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

843-571-1000 www.thetownandcountryinn.com sales@thetownandcountryinn.com

Stephen Clarke Demetrius E. Palassis 1984

129 6 $109

Fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Homewood Suites Charleston Airport 5048 International Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-735-5000 www.hilton.com chshm_gm@hilton.com

Jon Sedgwick Joy Hazard 2007

128 4 $139

Airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, in-room kitchen, pool

Hyatt Place Charleston Airport / Convention Center 3234 W. Montague Ave. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-302-8600 www.charlestonairport.place.hyatt.com dos.northcharleston.convention@hyatt.com

Lindsay Ovens Vicki Wilkins 2010

127 2 $139

Airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

TownePlace Suites Airport / Convention Center 5001 Fashion Ave. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-990-7777 www.marriott.com/chsto lisa.holley2@marriott.com

Lisa Holley Tryena Jones 2017

127 1 $134

Airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, in-room kitchen, pool

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Riverview 98 Ripley Point Drive Charleston, SC 29407

843-571-1711 www.marriott.com/chssh christine.greenleaf@marriott.com

Christine Greenleaf Darryl Kosiorek 1999

123 $139

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

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Ranked by No. of Guest Rooms Property

Phone / Website / Email

Sales Director / Top Local Official(s) / Year Founded

Wyndham Garden Summerville 120 Holiday Drive Summerville, SC 29483

843-875-3300 www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham-garden gm.wyn.summerville@gmail.com

Amy Houchins DJ Gajjar 1983

123 3 $89

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, onsite restaurant, pool

Home2Suites by Hilton Charleston Airport / Convention Center 3401 W. Montague Ave. North Charleston, SC 29418

843-744-4202 www.charlestonairportconventioncenter.home2suites.com chscc_ds@hilton.com

Tom Brinkerhoff Linda Dawalt 2011

122 $139

Airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, in-room kitchen, pool

Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston West Ashley 678 Citadel Haven Drive Charleston, SC 29414

843-573-1200 www.charlestonwestashleysuites.hamptoninn.com chswa_hampton_suites@hilton.com

Megan Owen Megan O'Hara Owen 2000

121 3 $119

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Doubletree Hotel Mount Pleasant 1330 Stuart Engals Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-352-5100 mmahoney@tpsmtp.com

Meg Mahoney Mike Glass 2014

120 3 $179

Business center, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant, pool

Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston Riverview 90 Ripley Point Drive Charleston, SC 29407

843-571-7979 www.marriott.com/chsri christine.greenleaf@marriott.com

Christine Greenleaf Darryl Kosiorek 2000

119 1 $159

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, inroom kitchen, pool

Home2 Suites by Hilton Daniel Island 120 Fairchild St. Charleston , SC 29492

843-981-5800 chsdn_ds@hilton.com

Kelli Barnhart Kyle Dickey 2019

115 $139

Airport shuttle, business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, in-room kitchen, pool

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Summerville 1657 N. Main St. Summerville, SC 29486

843-873-8900 www.hiexpress.com/summervillesc hiesgeneralmanager@gmail.com

Amy Houchins Rohan Chopra 2017

111 1 $109

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

SpringHill Suites Charleston / Mount Pleasant 245 Magrath Darby Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-284-5250 www.marriott.com/chsmt jennifer.maxwell@rainesco.com

Jennifer Maxwell 2016

110 1 $139

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Comfort Inn & Suites Patriots Point 196 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-856-8817 www.choicehotels.com/sc064 qisales@hgmhotels.com

Peggy Foltz Stephen Haws 1999

103 1 $99

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charleston NE Mount Pleasant US 17 1104 Stockade Lane Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

843-216-0000 www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress hie.mp.genmgr@gmail.com

Amy Houchins Earl Collins 2016

103 1 $109

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Sleep Inn - Mount Pleasant 299 Wingo Way Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-856-5000 www.gatewayhospitality.com hotelhelp@choicehotels.com

Sarah Kelley Rodney Connor 2000

103 $119

Business center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Comfort Suites Charleston West Ashley 2080 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

843-769-9850 www.choicehotels.com/hotel/SC369 gm.sc369@gmail.com

Amy Houchins Ben Creasy 2009

100 2 $89

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charleston - Ashley Phosphate 7670 Northwoods Blvd. North Charleston, SC 29406

843-553-1600 www.hiexpress.com/chastni-26 gm@hiexpressnorthwoods.com

Cheryl Tobias Cheryl Q. Clark 1999

98 1 $109

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Hyatt Place Mount Pleasant Towne Centre 1600 Palmetto Grande Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-473-3105 www.hyattplacemountpleasanttownecentre.com jennifer.maxwell@hyatt.com

Jennifer Maxwell 2019

92 3 $149

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, onsite restaurant, pool

Residence Inn by Marriott Mount Pleasant 1116 Isle of Palms Connector Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-881-1599 www.marriott.com/chsmp ashley.miller@marriott.com

Jennifer Lantz Bagwell 2002

90 $179

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, inroom kitchen, pool

Best Western Charleston Inn 1540 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

843-571-6100 www.thecharlestoninn.com brichards@charlestownehotels.com

Bill Richards Bill Richards 1982

87 $89

Business center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Fairfield by Marriott Charleston North / Ashley Phosphate 2540 N. Forest Drive North Charleston, SC 29420

843-725-5400 www.marriott.com/chsfn charlestondos@lrphotels.com

Donna Gironda Brenda Pieper 2010

84 $109

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

The Vendue 19 Vendue Range Charleston, SC 29401

843-577-7970 www.thevendue.com info@thevendue.com

Caitlin Corrigan Pietro Giardini 2014

84 1 $229

Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant

Sleep Inn Charleston 1524 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407

843-556-6959 www.sleepinn.com/hotel/sc212 brichards@charlestownehotels.com

Bill Richards Bill Richards 2000

74 $99

Business center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

Best Western Patriots Point 259 McGrath Darby Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-971-7070 www.bestwestern.com jennifer.maxwell@rainesco.com

Tiffany A. Bell 2004

70 $119

Business center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

The Inn at Middleton Place 4290 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

843-556-0500 www.theinnatmiddletonplace.com reservations@theinnatmiddletonplace.com

Sam WrigglesworthMolly Sherman Abigail Martin 1987

55 2 $179

24-hour room service, business center, free breakfast, free WiFi, on-site restaurant, pool

The Restoration Hotel 79 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-518-5100 www.therestorationhotel.com info@therestorationhotel.com

Karen Winn Chelsea Nightengale 2010

54 10 $249

Fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, in-room kitchen, onsite restaurant, pool, spa

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Hotels

Ranked by No. of Guest Rooms Property

Phone / Website / Email

Sales Director / Top Local Official(s) / Year Founded

HarbourView Inn 2 Vendue Range Charleston, SC 29401

843-853-8439 www.harbourviewcharleston.com gm@harbourviewcharleston.com

Jessica Bowman Mark Henry 1998

52 1 $209

Business center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi

French Quarter Inn 166 Church St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-722-1900 www.fqicharleston.com frontdesk@fqicharleston.com

Jessica Bowman Carlo Carroccia 2002

50 2 $199

Business center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi

Grand Bohemian Hotel 55 Wentworth St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-722-5711 www.grandbohemiancharleston.com info@grandbohemiancharleston.com

Michael Burd Tony Liartis 2015

50 3 $229

Fitness center, free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant

Ansonborough Inn 21 Hasell St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-723-1655 www.ansonboroughinn.com info@ansonboroughinn.com

Carrie Huston 2000

45 2 $219

Business center, fitness center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi

Fulton Lane Inn 202 King St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-720-2600 www.fultonlaneinn.com fli-concierge@charminginns.com

Ginny Severs Tom Moorman 1994

45 1 $145

Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi

Kings Courtyard Inn 198 King St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-723-7000 www.kingscourtyardinn.com kci-concierge@charminginns.com

Ginny Severs Tom Moorman 1980

41 1 $145

Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi

Spectator Hotel 67 State St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-724-4326 www.thespectatorhotel.com info@thespectatorhotel.com

Jessica Bowman Carlo Carroccia 2015

41 2 $249

Business center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi

The Elliott House Inn 78 Queen St. Charleston, SC 29401

843-518-6500 www.elliotthouseinn.com jbowman@charlestownehotels.com

Jessica Bowman Ashley Fitzgerald 1981

26 $179

Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi

Woodlands Mansion 125 Parsons Road Summerville, SC 29483

843-875-2600 www.woodlandsmansion.com stay@woodlandsmansion.com

Becky Harper Tom Limehouse 2012

18 3 $325

Business center, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, pool

The Cottages on Charleston Harbor 16 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-849-2300 www.thecottagesoncharlestonharbor.com concierge@thecottagesoncharlestonharbor.com

Lisa Crowley Lisa J. Crowley 1998

10 1 $499

Business center, free Wi-Fi, pool

Hotel Folly 87 Center St. Folly Beach, SC 29439

843-851-1869 www.hotelfolly.com rent@follyvacation.com

2021

8 $200

Free Wi-Fi

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Obviouslee acquires Charleston-based outdoor PR firm Lee Deas started her marketing and design company, Obviouslee, in 2005. The company recently acquired another Charleston-based public relations company. (Photo/Provided)

Marketing and design company, Obviouslee, has acquired Charleston-based Groundswell PR, an outdoor and active lifestyle public relations company, the firm said in a news release. Obviouslee and Groundswell will combine to create a 30-person team, plus a network of partners nationwide, the company said. Following the acquisition, Groundswell will remain at the helm of the company’s active lifestyle and outdoor brands. “We are excited to welcome Groundswell to the Obviouslee team and greatly admire their work,” said company founder Lee Deas. Established in Charleston in 2005, Obviouslee focuses on brand development, event marketing, public relations, social media management and more.

Lowcountry Food Bank receives $75K from Morgan Stanley Foundation

The Lowcountry Food Bank has received a $75,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation, the nonprofit organization said. The money will allow the Lowcountry Food Bank to reintroduce elements of choice to food distributions and maintain safety protocols from the coronavirus pandemic. The organization said the model provides more healthy options and allows families to have foods aligned with preferences and dietary requirements.

ORS awards $2 million grant to Home Telecom for broadband

The S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff has awarded Home Telecom a $2 million matching grant to expand rural broadband access in Berkeley County. The company is one of 16 internet providers in 22 counties across South Carolina who will receive the money for broadband in their county. The money is from the Joint Bond

Review Committee, which approved allocating $30 million for an infrastructure grant program to be administered by ORS and the S.C. Department of Commerce.

Pet Helpers receives donation from online pet supply retailer

Pet Helpers’ Pet Food Bank has received a 39,000 pound donation from Chewy, an online pet supply retailer. The organization distributes pet food to pet owners in times of need. Pet Helpers held a dog food and cat litter distribution event in June to help distribute the supplies. The organization said the Chewy donation was facilitated, in-part, by the Humane Society of the U.S.

Samet Corp., Middleton Group and Colliers move to Ice House

The Ice House at Park Circle plans to add three new tenants after construction if the office park finishes later this year. Pat Marr of WRS Inc. Real Estate Investments and Kevin Klemm of Para-

gon Commercial Development are part of the development team renovating and redeveloping the 80-year-old Reddy Ice property on Spruill Avenue. The 52,000 square-foot office park will include three two-story buildings using an adaptive reuse model. All three companies have signed leases to move into the park once completed.

ECPI University ranked No. 1 for vets by Military Times

For the third consecutive year, the Military Times has ranked ECPI University, which has a location in North Charleston, No. 1 among the best colleges and universities for veterans and military service members in the career and technical college category. The publication ranks schools based survey results and a schoolby-school assessment of veteran and military student services along with rates of academic achievement. More than 300 schools participated in the most recent survey.

ACCOUNTING Moore Beauston & Woodham L.L.P. has promoted Jennifer L. Sheprow to senior accountant and Justin Richardson to accounting supervisor in its CharlesSheprow ton office. Sheprow earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from Coastal Carolina University. She has been with the firm since 2018 and is a member of the S.C. Richardson Association of Certified Public Accountants. Richardson earned his associate in applied science in accounting from Trident Technical College and is working on his bachelor’s in applied science in accounting at Strayer University. Justin has more than 14 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience and has been with the firm since 2018. He is a member of the S.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants.

CONSULTING The Winkler Group has hired Jessica Garrett as a consultant and Stacy Emory to the newly created position of client services coordinator. Garrett is a Garrett leader in the Lowcountry philanthropy community with nearly 20 years of experience working with area organizations and securing more than $1 million in grant funding. She earned her Bachelor Emory of Arts from Dartmouth College. Emory is a nonprofit specialist with 25 years of experience and recently served as an administrator for the Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries in Greenwood. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University. Advantage Media has hired Dee Kerr has global chief revenue officer and Neil Mahoney as the new president of MLive, See PEOPLE, Page 30


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an Advantage subsidiary that provides marketing software for dental professionals. Kerr has worked in sales and sales management for the last 30 years and recently served as vice president of commercial operations at SummerBio. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology from SUNY Brockport and studied chemistry at the University of Rochester. Mahoney most recently was COO for Zingit.com. He earned his Bachelor of Science in finance and international business from the University of Louisville. NP Strategy has added Krystal Cau to their team. Originally from England, Cau recently served as director of the brands department at a public relations firm in New York City before moving to Charleston.

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progress meetings, managing document reviews and contractor requests for information, construction observation with daily report preparation and administering the project close-out process. He earned his Bachelor of Science in agricultural mechanization and business from Clemson University. Frampton Construction Co. LLC has promoted Alex Milford to project manager, Charles Bowman to assistant project manager and Parker Hinson to assistant Milford superintendent. Milford joined Frampton in 2017 as a project engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clemson University. Bowman arrived at Frampton in 2019 as a project engineer after serving as an intern. He holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction science from Mississippi State University. Hinson joined Frampton as a project engineer in 2019.

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Cullum Constructors Inc. has promoted Jason Brensinger to plumbing foreman, Gary Friedman to project manager and Gary McAlister to sheet metal estimator. Brensinger studied plumbing and heating at vocational school and achieved his journeyman plumbing credential in 2001 from the Western Center for Technical Studies. He joined the Cullum team in Oct. 2020. Friedman was hired by Cullum in 2012 as a sheet metal estimator. McAlister joined in 2016 as a sheet metal mechanic and was quickly promoted to foreman.

Pinewood Preparatory School has promoted J.W. Myers to athletic director. He will also stay on as head varsity football coach. Myers’ responsibilities as athletic Myers director include budget, personnel, scheduling, athletic facilities and public relations management. His background is in teaching and coaching. He was a four-year starter on the CSU Buccaneers’ offensive line.

Hussey Gay Bell has hired Ellsworth Burch as a construction project representative in its Charleston office. His responsibilities include coordinating and conducting project kick-offs and

Brensinger

ENGINEERING Friedman

The Reveer Group has hired Ryan Gallagher as a staff civil engineer. Gallagher holds a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering from Rowan University.

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Burch

Downtown’s French wine bar Bistro A Vin has hired Eleni Rigas as wine manager and sommelier. Rigas has a background in winemaking and viticulture, previously studying and working with Rigas wine in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, England, New Zealand, Italy and Germany. She studied international economics and business development at Cornell University.


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Infrastructure reform gives small businesses opportunity to level playing field

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mall businesses are the power behind our communities. South Carolina alone has 430,000 small businesses that employ more than 800,000 people. Millions more small businesses employ millions more people across the country. However, during the pandemic, small businesses faced unique economic challenges to keep their XIOMARA doors open. The PEÑA pandemic made it apparent that small businesses need robust infrastructure support in order to grow and thrive. The bipartisan infrastructure plan in Congress will fund muchneed investments in physical and JACQUIE broadband infraBERGER structure that will revitalize the local and national economy and position small businesses to withstand the next financial crisis. Small businesses are glad to see our elected officials come together in efforts to pass legislation that will create jobs, improve wages, and support entrepreneurship and innovation. The fact is that small businesses rely on physical infrastructure more than large businesses because they don’t have the resources to adapt to challenges and setbacks posed by faulty roads, bridges and broadband. Small business owners can’t just move their business location if the road to get there is filled with potholes. Instead, they have to hope that the roads are manageable enough for customers to navigate. But each day that the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations stalled, hope would wane for small businesses as they waited for critical investments that could support our economic recovery. In South Carolina, there are 745 bridges and over 3,780 miles of highway in poor condition. It’s no longer easy for potential customers to drive down Spruill Avenue for their favorite meal with owners that have contributed to the fabric of the community. Those customers are now faced with a longer and bumpier commute and have very few alternatives, such as bike lanes and walking paths. At the same time, South Carolina is very familiar with the impacts of disin-

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vestment in broadband infrastructure on our small businesses in rural and low-income areas. There are tremendous gaps in reliable broadband access in rural pockets of South Carolina. Twelve percent of South Carolinians live in areas where no broadband infrastructure provides minimally acceptable speeds. And more than half of South Carolinians live in areas where there is only one provider. During the pandemic and through Lowcountry Local First’s Good Enterprises program, we’ve heard firsthand about the challenges small business owners of color and in rural communities faced when trying to pivot their business model to adopt online platforms with little or no high-speed Internet access. As an organization, we also had difficulty relaying quality education and assistance to these communities who couldn’t easily access the resources and programs we provided online. The pandemic created an online customer base that many small business owners did not expect, and many were unprepared. However, to sustain this base, create a level playing field for small businesses across the country, and build a long-term small business ecosystem, we must invest in enhanced and expanded broadband that will allow owners to access customers and suppliers and create demand for the goods and services they have to sell. It’s also important to note that while the bipartisan infrastructure plan includes critical investments that will help small businesses on their road to recovery after the pandemic, more is needed to help them overcome the eco-

nomic obstacles that they are currently facing. Many small businesses are starting from zero. They need infrastructure reform to include provisions outlined in the White House’s American Jobs Plan to get them to a level of substantial recovery. This must include funding for community-based incubators and innovation hubs, workforce development, and increased small business contracting for businesses in rural and under-resourced areas. We also need a plan that invests in clean energy policies to tackle the effects of climate change that are increasingly harming small businesses here in the Lowcountry and across the U.S. Over the past decade, we’ve suffered from 37 extreme weather events that cost the state $20 billion. The White House’s proposal to invest $50 billion to improve our resiliency and help recover from these extreme weather events is a good first step to supporting our local businesses. Charleston small business owner Michael Shemtov supports these investments and has said, “We are already seeing the effects of climate change both locally and globally. We cannot afford inaction or we will risk losing much of what we love about our hometown. The small business community urges Congress to act to save not just our livelihoods, but possibly our children’s lives as well.” Additionally, we hope that any final infrastructure package will include more unrestricted grant and loan programs for small businesses. The ongoing need for hard-hit entrepreneurs who are desperate for relief will require a long-term, substantial commitment that extends

beyond small-dollar grants and loans. While federal relief programs provide a crucial lifeline for many businesses, small businesses need unrestricted funding because only they can determine how to utilize funding best to keep their businesses open. While the plan is finally moving forward after weeks of delays, small businesses can’t afford to wait any longer for legislation that will help support entrepreneurship and innovation. We can’t stop now, not when there are opportunities on the table to make real and significant changes to how we can genuinely help our small businesses thrive and grow. Policymakers must support the movement on this bill and not get distracted by any political theater. Small, local businesses in South Carolina and around the country need action now. Xiomara Peña is vice president for engagement for the Small Business Majority, a national organization created to empower entreprepenurship in diverse communities across the U.S. Contacter her at smallbusinessmajority.org. Jacquie Berger is executive director of Lowcountry Local First, a small business advocacy organization in Charleston. Contact her at jacquie@lowcountrylocalfirst.org.

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