- Completion Date: 2012
- Construction Cost: $60,000
This project is located on Marion Square in Charleston, SC. It involved the addition of a storage building to screen utilities as well as to provide storage for maintenance equipment necessary for the upkeep of the six and a half acre park. Located in a highly visible area within the historic district, the design intent of the building was to blend the structure into its context. The building materials include brick masonry, tube steel, perforated zinc, cypress wood, and a green roof. The brick and block masonry construction provides security and longevity to the structure while meshing with textures and colors in the park. Tube steel and perforated zinc were used to create a minimal roof structure above the walls that allows for natural ventilation and day lighting. The minimally sloped shed roof covered in green roof modules aids in keeping the total height constrained. The green roof provides a continuous park-like view from adjacent tall buildings around the park. This green roof is the first for any municipal building in South Carolina. The brick walls will eventually be covered by creeping fig vine which will further help the building seem to disappear into its background. The project location was the main impetus for the use of clay brick. The building had to meet a high standard in terms of aesthetics and quality. Another key component of the project was that the College of the Building Arts masonry students did all of the brick work. The brick detailing was inspired by multiple buildings in the heart of Charleston in order to achieve a timeless aesthetic. The storage facility houses all of the central utility services for the park as well as storage for all maintenance equipment. The City wanted a building that provided security and little upkeep while blending into the existing environment. The possibility of the structure becoming a different use in the future also played a role in selecting brick.