Two projects from architecture firm LS3P won awards at the annual AIA Greenville’s December 6th Design Awards ceremony. Piedmont Technical College’s Newberry County Center, an adaptive re-use project which transformed an abandoned big box store into a state-of-the-art higher education facility, won a Merit Award. An unbuilt design for New Impact, an innovative health care delivery concept for the treatment of childhood obesity, won a Special Citation.
PTC Newberry (Merit Award) The transformation of the Newberry space supports an urban renewal effort along the Newberry “strip,” reclaiming a vacant big-box store and providing a landmark building for the community. With 45,000 SF of educational space, the facility houses patient care training centers, flexible industrial arts workshops, a veterinarian technician wing, a library, a testing center, and an auditorium which will be shared with the community. An additional 27,500 SF of space is earmarked for future growth.
With all existing “big box” elements removed, the sleek new façade features expansive storefront windows, high-tech shading strategies, and a prominent new entry. New building openings and skylights allow abundant natural light into the interior, with academic spaces encouraging collaboration and flexible teaching methods. High-performance systems, passive solar strategies, and daylighting all contribute to the building’s environmental sustainability, and the project is pursuing LEED ® certification.
New Impact (Unbuilt Special Citation) AIA Greenville awarded a Special Citation for the unbuilt design for New Impact, an innovative facility which seeks to reduce the impact of childhood obesity. The design proposes a renovation of an abandoned former nightclub into a regional health center. The center is designed to appeal to young patients, providing a safe and comfortable haven for the development of healthy lifestyles. The exterior features warm and welcoming wood elements, roll-up doors for flexibility, blended indoor/outdoor spaces, and mobile exam room pods.