Cummings & McCrady has had a long term business relationship with Charleston County. We have worked with the County on multiple new projects, renovations, programming, master planning, feasibility studies, and condition assessments. We currently hold a renewed three year IDC with them as well.
Cummings & McCrady worked hand-in-hand with Charleston County and the Sheriff’s Office to develop a program that not only meets current needs and wants, but also meets the needs of the future. After a site was selected, Cummings & McCrady provided an in depth feasibility study along with a condition assessment of the existing facility. It was determined from the study that the existing building could not be used in its entirety for the Sheriff’s Office - certain “essential” program elements had to be located in a building that met or exceeded the building codes requirements for essential facilities. From the approximately 115,000 sf of program space, the Sheriff helped C&M designate 15,000 sf of program space as “essential.” It was determined that a new building would be built adjacent to the existing building.
The design of the new building features a well day-lit corridor spine that ties together four essential departments. The new building is purposely pulled away from the existing building in order to create a secure/private courtyard for all building occupants.
One challenge is that the look of a one story warehouse is not necessarily the look of a County Sheriff’s Office. The new building creates a street front identity that is contextual with surrounding buildings while having its own unique character.
All offices in the new building have access to natural light with both partitioned offices and open office cubicle space. Bullet resistant glass, security camera, and key control features run throughout the facility.