Posts Tagged ‘Southeastern US’

Horry County Museum

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Burroughs School and McCown AuditorumConway, South Carolina

The goal for this project was to adapt the 1905 Burroughs School, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the 1926 McCown Auditorium, for a natural and cultural history museum as important parts of Horry County’s heritage.

Our team created exhibit galleries to engage visitors as well as to restore the schoolhouse atmosphere. The pattern of galleries followed the same plan as the original classrooms.

University Store

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Georgia

A.I.A. Award For Excellence in Architecture
–South Georgia Chapter
The store site lies between the main street dining hall/post office and the student union. Linkage to those facilities is reinforced by the building shape and plaza edged by “sitting steps.” Repetitive building corners allow extensive glass for displays on the interior and exterior. The interior sales area under staggered roofs is conceived as a “market hall” with a light-filled open space visually extended by a north-facing glass curtain wall. The merchandising design includes three 18-foot high display towers, two 20-foot high display scaffolds at the curtain wall, and triangular graphic banners.

United States Post Office

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


South Side Branch Savannah, Georgia

Fronting a major thoroughfare, the facility incorporates strong, simple building forms to present a clear identity to motorists traveling at higher speeds. The front elevation is the result of multiple concept design studies. The arched entry opening and wide diameter columns imply a civic image. A recessed exterior lobby wall creates a colonnaded, covered walkway for use in inclement weather and provides shading for window openings. Wall coverings in the lobby repeat the exterior arch motif. Accent colors are used in the quarry tile floors and counter tops. The customer service area is open during working hours and secured from the general lobby by glass doors after closing.

United Methodist Church

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


New Sanctuary and

Sunday School Addition
Skidaway Island, Georgia


A new sanctuary with seating for 600 is the focus of the master plan for the 7.5 acre campus. It is connected to the existing fellowship hall by an enclosed walkway which serves as a second entry to both buildings from an expanded parking lot. The Sunday School addition, with classrooms on two floors, choir room and support facilities, connects to the existing administration building. Resulting open spaces between existing and new structures are developed into courtyards, allowing outdoor gatherings and receptions. The interior is formal to provide a sense of dignity and solemnity. Chandeliers and all chancel furnishings, rails, and screens were designed by the architect.

Telfair Museum of Art

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Savannah, Georgia

The Telfair mansion, designed by English architect William Jay and built in 1818, received a major addition in 1886, when it became the first art museum in the southeast. Projects for this National Historic Landmark are part of an ongoing process.

Laboratory analysis of the twelve layers of paint covering the exterior stucco and wood revealed color schemes from the two construction periods. Design documents focused on cleaning all exterior finishes, shown in progress at the right, as well as restoration of stonework, 1818 and 1886 stucco, woodwork, metalwork and painting, using a special breathable masonry coating in the 1886 color scheme.

Squadron Operations, Conference Ctr

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


Dobbins Air Force Base   

Marietta, Georgia



Citation - Eastern Region, USAF Regional Civil Engineer


Serving as both a conference center for the Air Force Base and an operations building for a flying transport squadron, the facility is located on a prominent site visible from a major city parkway. The building placement recognizes both the highly visible “public side” and a “base side” which provides acoustical screening from nearby runways. The building is clad in insulated, anodized aluminum panels anchored to a structural steel frame. Exterior forms reflect many of the interior uses. The drum contains the briefing room, while the accentuated rectangle near the drum is the squadron lounge. The triangular spine allows natural light in the corridor.

Public Library

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Live Oak Public Libraries

Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee Island has a year-round beach community, and has remained a popular vacation destination for over a century. The branch library sits on a half-acre site which fronts the island’s main avenue and affords ocean views to the east. The site is adjacent to Tybee’s city hall, a brick neo-Georgian structure built in the 1950s. The library’s exterior forms, patterns and materials compliment the city hall’s civic image. To meet flood plain regulations, the library floor is raised 7 feet above grade. The entrance ramp becomes a major design feature, and allows handicapped access. Twin ballcapped piers mark the beginning of the entrance ensemble. Walking on the switchback ramp, patrons enjoy views across Butler Avenue to the ocean. A gabled, natural-light-filled foyer greets them at the top.

Private Residence

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


Wilmington Island, Georgia

Located on a high bluff overlooking a wide navigable waterway, this residence enjoys extended views of the water and marshlands. The structure is divided into three groupings:  living, sleeping, and service. The truncated-gable form repeats in each of the three wings. A semicircular shape occurs at each gable in the form of lattice, louver or glazing. The living area’s “great space” has a continuous clerestory which provides natural light throughout the 20-foot-high space. The public side of the residence is relatively closed, while the creek side opens out to a large patio. A dockhouse extending over the creek reuses details and materials found in the house.

Center for Continuing Education Plaza

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Plaza at Southeast Georgia Conference Center for Continuing Education

College of Coastal Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia

The plaza provides a focus for outdoor ceremonies and events. Form and choice of materials recognize an existing road and allow a second phase to complete the plaza when the road is removed. Within a symmetrical organization, dynamic inserts feature altering heights, textures and functions on all sides. From each approach, there is a different appearance to the entire composition. Positions on the circle edge vary in function such as seats, steps, planters, ramp, and sculpture. Transitions of concrete or brick to grass or shrub and ground to wall define the edges.

Peace Officers Memorial and Plaza

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


Federal Law Enforcement Training Center 

Glynco, Georgia


The Peace Officers Memorial honors former students who attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Glynco, Georgia, and died in the line of duty.


A series of vertical slabs of Lac Du Bonnet Minnesota granite with sandblasted, thermal, and polished finishes provide a focal point. These plaques have battered granite bases and are illuminated by quarter-sphere sconces.


Square granite pavers for the plaza have a sandblasted finish and are enclosed by low granite walls with thermal finish. Entry to the plaza is along an 8-foot-wide sidewalk of cast stone pavers with granite face aggregate.


The memorial and plaza are located adjacent to a stand of pine trees and azaleas next to the campus chapel. Plaza entry planters contain hibiscus hybrid Ruby Glow, while the shrub Harland’s Box forms a border.

Owens-Thomas House Museum

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Savannah, Georgia

Preservation Award for Outstanding Achievement
–Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

A.I.A. Award for Excellence in Architecture
–A.I.A. Georgia Chapter

A.I.A. Sustainable Design Award
–A.I.A. South Georgia Chapter

Trustees Award for Excellence in Architectural Preservation
–Historic Savannah Foundation

A National Historic Landmark, the Owens-Thomas House, built in 1819, is considered to be the finest example of English Regency architecture in the United States. An extensive preservation program of exterior historic finishes alleviated the deterioration which occurred over the years. The carriage house at the east end of the property housed domestic slaves and a stable/loft. Part of the preservation and restoration program was to return the original pattern of openings to the carriage house. The slaves quarters were adaptively reused as orientation and interpretation galleries for visitors to the museum.

Open Space Master Plan

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Glynco, Georgia

A bureau of the Department of Homeland Security, The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Glynco, Georgia is the nation’s leading organization for interagency training of law enforcement personnel from all 50 states and U.S. territories. There are presently 62 Federal agencies participating in training at the 3,500 acre campus, with an annual attendance of 25,000 students in programs ranging from 3 weeks to 3 months duration. Based on client input, a priority of issues was assembled to form the basis of the open space master plan. One important objective in the development of the master plan was the establishment of a “walking campus.” The initial study identified the elements which enhanced pedestrian activity within the 75-acre core. The study also pinpointed facility operations, including parking, service vehicle access and maintenance. The study was then expanded to include the entire campus.


Olympic Cauldron and Stairway

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


1996 Olympic Games

Savannah, Georgia


The Savannah sailing venue at the 1996 Olympic Games marked the first time in modern Olympic history that a non-host city was authorized to hold a separate torch-lighting ceremony.The Spriggs Group managed 13 private companies and city agencies in the construction of the Savannah cauldron, which was designed by Atlanta artist Ivan Bailey. We also designed the stairway used in the igniting of the cauldron torch during the opening ceremonies which were narrated by Walter Cronkite.


Memorial to the Enslaved Community

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Charlottesville, Virginia

Historically, the obelisk is a monument to the dead, dating back to ancient Egypt. At Monticello, this form marks the grave of Thomas Jefferson. The root also has age-old importance and is a symbol of the opposing force offered by the past to the present, the mystery of ancestors, the basis for life and growth, a healing element, an interrupting object, a symbol of potency, and the gathering counter forces of strength and fragility.

Our design concept explores the relationship of artifact and root to establish a memorial to the slave community which was an integral part of life at Monticello.

In Concepts A& B, the root has been incorporated to the obelisk design and represents a people removed or pulled from their homeland and yet still growing branches. While all of the concepts use brick to represent the main house, the owner, and the white community, Concept A incorporates plantation artifacts that are intertwined with the root system to represent the tools and lifestyle of the slave community. In Concept C, the field stone’s original purpose is inverted so that the foundation stone which supported the living from underground now memorializes the dead from above. Stone that originally supported the brick plantation house from below is now a memorial that rests on the brick of the plantation.


Low Income Housing

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Housing Authority of Savannah 

Savannah, Georgia


On a 12-acre site containing existing roads, 60 units of single family detached houses are designed with three goals in mind. The first is to make use of the site to establish a sense of neighborhood. The second is to create a streetscape with variety that also reflects traditional elements found in Savannah housing of comparable scale. The third is to plan units which maintain a sense of identity, territory and security. The stand-alone dwellings represent a departure in Savannah’s public housing from multi-unit block buildings and duplexes to the image of a resident-owned community.

Civic Buildings: Kingsland, Georgia

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Fire Station
Offices and training room at one end, and bunking/dayroom at the other flank the high bay vehicle and apparatus area with drive-through lanes at the center. The front wall, which steps up in the center for the high-bay apparatus room, visually links the building’s three parts on the exterior.
City Hall
A council conference room, mayor’s office and administrative work area fulfill the city’s operational needs and provide public meeting space. Logia defined by 3-foot diameter columns occur along the front and rear elevations.
Police Station
Spaces include communications center, laboratory, offices, squad room, four holding cells with exterior sallyport, evidence storage, booking and training rooms. A canopied walkway provides protection from rain and screens sun from exterior windows.

Independent Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Savannah, Georgia

The Administration and Classroom Building was designed to complement the adjacent Independant Presbyterian Church, which was constructed in 1890 and later designated a National Historic Landmark. Exterior finishes had deteriorated and were in need of extensive repair. The restoration included repair of stucco and stonework, replacement of the metal roof with shingles to match the church slate, and painting of stucco to match the church limestone and granite. New south entry steps of cast stone replicate marble steps restored at the north entry.

Egret’s Nest Cluster homes

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Wylly Island  

Savannah, Georgia


A planned community on a private island, Egret’s Nest features single and cluster residences placed within the natural environment to allow river and salt marsh views while maintaining a significant amount of trees and ground cover. Recreational facilities include tennis, swimming pool, and deep- water dock on the Herb River.

Double House Restoration

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
410-416 East Broughton Street Savannah, Georgia

Merit Award
–A.I.A. Savannah Chapter

Preservation Award
–Historic Savannah Foundation

This structure is a rare surviving example of a late 18th-century Federal double-house in Savannah. The original double staircase enclosure is unique to the City’s remaining historic buildings in that it extends to the attic level. Important fabric remaining include the building wood frame structure, exterior clapboards, fragments of roof cornice assembly, second and attic floor boards, fragments of interior bead board wall covering at ground floor, and brick foundation wall. The 9 over 6 window pattern is based on nailing patterns found on the internal window framing. This pattern presently exists only at two other Savannah properties, the rear addition of the Berrien House on Broughton Street, and the James Skinner House at 303 East Liberty Street.

Diversion Center

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Georgia Department of Corrections     

Savannah, Georgia


The facility operates as a residence and training center for 52 first-time civil offenders. Located on a site at zero mean sea level, subject to flooding and within the 100-year flood plain, the Diversion Center solves a number of design challenges. The main floor is elevated 14 feet above ground to meet flood requirements, while 285 wooden piles support the structure and leave the entire ground area open. Because the facility faces a major public roadway, the design incorporates a “non-institutional” look, yet provides the required security control. The structure is also accessible to disabled persons.

Counseling Center

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Georgia

The Counseling Center is the first phase of the medical center expansion, and its exterior establishes a new image for the entire complex. A colonnade at the front serves as a covered walkway for students coming from campus to the two facilities. The colonnade is structurally independent of the new building and can expand along the front of the medical center and future clinic to the east. Once completed, the colonnade will act as a visual terminus of the courtyard space between the commons and nearby dormitory buildings. Programs include guidance for students’ personal, career, and educational problems. The building is divided into 3 zones: reception, group activities, and individual counseling.

Continuing Education Center

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Coastal Georgia Community College Brunswick, Georgia

The Conference Center anchors the south end of the campus and facilitates many college and community activities. The building houses a 350-seat auditorium, three 50-seat meeting/classrooms (which can be opened into a 3,000-square-foot multipurpose room), lobby, offices, kitchen and support areas. Auditorium and meeting spaces are designed to utilize advanced audiovisual, lighting, satellite reception and teleconferencing equipment. The auditorium accommodates numerous college and community events, from lectures to live performances. The lobby is designed for a variety of uses, such as art displays and exhibitions using movable walls, conference receptions and dining.

Chapel of the Fallen Eagles

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Mighty 8th Air Force Heritage Museum       

Pooler, Georgia


The design for the non-denominational chapel is based on English parish church architecture, which generally developed between the fifth and sixteenth centuries. The design reflects both the traditional site orientation and building elements consisting of a west facing tower, central nave, and east facing chancel. The stonework and interior finishes are typical of country churches as they evolved through the centuries.

Stained-glass windows have been given by individuals and 8th Air Force member associations. The themes depict both Biblical and aviation references.


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Window designs by: Aurora Glass Studio Savannah, Georgia

Campus Pedestrian Mall Master Plan

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008



College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, Georgia
The college has a campus center of academic and administrative buildings which face a central parking lot used by the commuting student body, staff and visitors. The new master plan establishes a pedestrian mall as the focus for the campus core. The mall plan is a series of open spaces linked together by north/south paths and defined by east/west paths which cross the mall and connect building entries. Diagonal paths recognize probable pedestrian travel routes. The existing clock tower and plaza in front of the library are retained. The mall terminates at a plaza in front of the continuing education center. Parking spaces eliminated from the mall area are consolidated into areas on the perimeter of the campus.



Campus Main Entrance Plan

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008



College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, Georgia
As part of the relocation of parking and vehicular traffic in the campus pedestrian mall master plan, a new main entrance drive is planned which will orient traffic in two directions and create a focus at the continuing education conference center. The final scheme is the result of a review by college representatives of three concepts and combines features from two of the proposals.


Brasseler USA

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Headquarters Facility Savannah,Georgia
Brasseler manufactures and distributes rotary dental instruments. They produce over 8 million products a year for shipment throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The headquarters building occupies a site adjacent to the plant and distribution warehouse. The building’s exterior features clear aluminum columns and brushed stainless steel accents which reflect the company’s products. Two tones of gray, and the use of blue glass reference the company’s logo color, while the granite tile base provides a preciseness reminiscent of both the product line and the German parent company.


Activities Center

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008


Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Glynco, Georgia  
The Activities Center is located within the campus core of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. A bureau of the Department of Homeland Security, it is the nation’s leading organization for interagency training of federal law enforcement personnel. Both staff and students can use the building for support services, leisure activities, and meetings. Included are retail shops, post office, credit union, 200-seat multipurpose room, and 200-seat grill/tavern. The facility can double in size as new activities develop.

Home Spotlight

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

In the Spotlight

Horry County Museum

Burroughs School and McCown Auditorium