Mount Pleasant, SC

Completion: 2007

Size: 14,569 sf

The East Cooper Montessori Charter School was having so much success as a public school of choice for parents in Charleston County, that they had out-grown their humble start up “learning cottages.” Located in the neo-traditional neighborhood of I’On in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the school enjoyed a close relationship with that community and therefore decided to build on an adjacent lot. The grassroots fundraising yielded a new facility which houses 200 students from kindergarten through eighth grade in eight classrooms, a computer lab, a grand hall for dining and meetings, as well as associated support spaces for administration. The exterior massing, materials and detailing respond to the traditional architectural style of the neighborhood.