Pacific Box & Crate and BoomTown

Charleston, SC

Pacific Box and Crate, a multi-use development in Charleston’s evolving Upper Peninsula, occupies a nearly 10-acre footprint along King Street. The site originally housed an outpost of Pacific Guano, a fertilizer company which processed phosphate on the site starting in 1869, and later a box and crate warehouse; the name “Pacific Box and Crate” embraces the industrial heritage and celebrates the legacy of the hardworking people who spent time there.

Anchoring this development is tech company BoomTown, transforming 60,000 SF of vacant warehouse space into a vibrant workplace. The renovation of an existing brick warehouse created a mix of open offices and enclosed meeting rooms to support a variety of contemporary work models, with creative and energetic “fun zones” encouraging cross-pollination and spontaneous interaction.

The original structure featured expansive high-bay space but offered little visual or spatial definition. A weathering steel and corrugated metal exterior, galvanized steel canopy, and edgy balance of sleek and gritty materials integrate with exposed structure to create a contemporary workplace vibe. Large curtainwall inserts and skylights bring natural light deep into the interior, while punches of color and whimsical wallcoverings add visual interest to the space. Custom furnishings made from reclaimed docks and barns, refurbished white metal lamps, and artwork tailored to the space all contribute to the company’s unique energy. A light filled sunken living room serves as a multiuse space for relaxation or meetings, and a company bar is a popular late-day meeting spot. Outdoor amenities include a beer garden, dog run, great lawn, and courtyards.

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company rounds out the south end of this development, featuring ample indoor and outdoor seating areas.