College of Charleston Simons Center for the Arts

This project consists of structural engineering services related to additions and renovations of the existing Simons Center at the College of Charleston. Phase I included structural assessment, seismic review, and structural evaluation. Phase II includes complete design of renovation and additions.  

The project includes complete interior renovations and 3 new additions including a classroom addition, 3-story addition with a new central energy plant, and a new black box theatre with a new entry lobby. Structural systems include pile foundations, steel framing, and cross bracing. 

This project was completed as 4SE, Inc., prior to joining EM Structural in 2021. 

Thomas Coooper Library

Thomas Cooper Library

The Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library is a 48,000 SF building located behind the Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina. This addition houses the library’s growing Rare Books and Special Collections and provides a permanent home for the university’s S.C. Political Collections, which document the careers and contributions of many of the state’s political leaders.

The new library includes spaces for teaching, exhibits, meetings and public programs, as well as offices and extensive space for the collections. Additional special features include a spacious reading room, work areas for researchers, seminar rooms, mini theater, exhibit galleries, auditorium and digitization center.

Bastin Hall, School of Business

Bastin Hall, School of Business

Bastin Hall, the Citadel’s first academic building to be constructed in three decades houses the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business (BSB). Bastin Hall houses some of the college’s most popular programs for over 600 cadets.

The building is a 44,000 SF, three-story building with top-of-the-line technology-equipped classrooms, gathering spaces, breakout rooms, and academic offices. Some of the building’s other notable features include an advising center, a financial services center, an entrepreneurship center, an innovation lab, and a professional selling lab.

Watt Family Innovation Center, Clemson University

Watt Family Innovation Center, Clemson University

The Watt Family Innovation Center is Clemson’s most technology-enhanced academic building, featuring state-of-the-art information technology and special facilities. Located behind the R. M. Cooper Library, this new 4-story, 90,000 SF building is a flexible space for collaboration, innovation and project development for students and faculty.

The Watt Family Innovation Center offers state-of-the-art advanced technology and interactive learning systems, a rooftop terrace, an auditorium, studios, various gathering and support spaces, learning rooms and classrooms, and lab spaces. Interactive video screens are on every floor, which feature adjustable walls that can be easily moved or removed to modify teaching and meeting spaces. The exterior of the building features the largest media mesh grid in the country – essentially a two-story video screen that can be programmed to display graphics, animation and live video.

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