Friday
Sep072018

We're Hiring! 

 

  • Architect I or Unlicensed Design Staff I
  • Architectural Draftsperson
  • Construction Clerk of the Works

Our architectural team is seeking skill players. SMHa is looking for someone who embraces the idea of serving our clients through an innovative and creative team effort.  We are located in Mount Pleasant, SC and seek to continually evolve and grow in design quality and value to clients that are primarily located in our region. Please read on and see if you are this person…

Architect I or Unlicensed Design Staff I

Summary of Position: 

Ideally you would have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in architectural practice. We would expect that you can work using independent judgement to solve a range of architectural design problems from space planning to detailed design to contract documents. Are you able to recognize your limitations and seek knowledge and input from others with more experience on unusual or complex issues? Can you be attuned to the needs of others and offer your assistance when you see they need help reaching a design pinnacle? If so keep scrolling… 

General Qualities: 

  • Ability to embrace the firm culture and design goals and positively represent the firm at all times
  • Proficient in firm software tools for design, construction documents, and practice
  • Knowledgeable of common construction systems and technical resources
  • Understand the importance of an architect being active in the community
  • Willing to develop design, communication and leadership skills consistent with firm standards

Project Responsibilities: 

  • Comprehend the contractual obligations to our clients
  • Actively participate in the design process from design through construction
  • Ability to program, plan, and design small to mid-size projects
  • Select appropriate building systems and interpret building codes for the project
  • Ability to collaborate and correspond with consulting engineers

Qualifications: 

  • Undergraduate or Professional Degree in Architecture
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (visual, verbal, written)
  • Possess a desire to grow your knowledge of the architecture practice with emphasis on design, building materials, construction methods, integration of engineering disciplines, and building codes
  • Able and willing to work in a collaborative environment

Compensation: 

  • Salary based upon experience
  • Annual performance and compensation reviews
  • Bonus potential
  • Comprehensive benefits including medical insurance, 401K, and more

 

Architectural Draftsperson

Summary of Position:

Ideally you would have 3-5 years of experience (or more) in architectural detailing using REVIT. You may be a technical college graduate, an architectural graduate, or someone who “just gets it.” We would expect that you can (or ultimately can) work using independent judgement to solve a range of architectural design problems from space planning to detailed design to contract documents. Are you able to recognize your limitations and seek knowledge and input from others with more experience on unusual or complex issues? Can you be attuned to the needs of others and offer your assistance when you see they need help reaching a design pinnacle? If so keep scrolling…

General Qualities:

  • Ability to embrace the firm culture and design goals and positively represent the firm at all times
  • Proficient in firm software tools for design, construction documents, and practice
  • Knowledgeable of common construction systems and technical resources
  • Willing to develop design, communication and leadership skills consistent with firm standards
  • Able to maintain the design intent of a project when developing construction documents

Project Responsibilities:

  • Support project architect in the development of design and construction documents
  • Participate in the design process from design through construction
  • Ability to detail small to mid-size projects
  • Understand building systems and building codes
  • Ability to collaborate and correspond with consulting engineers

Qualifications:

  • Technical College Degree or Undergraduate Degree in Architecture
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (visual, verbal, written)
  • Possess a desire to grow your knowledge of the architecture practice with emphasis on building materials, construction methods, integration of engineering disciplines, and building codes
  • Able and willing to work in a collaborative environment

Compensation:

  • Salary based upon experience
  • Annual performance and compensation reviews
  • Bonus potential
  • Comprehensive benefits including medical insurance, 401K, and more

  

Construction Clerk of the Works

Summary of Position:

Ideally you would have relevant experience or have a sincere interest in administering the process required of an architect during the construction phase of the project.  This can be a growth position for someone who is not fully experienced, but has a desire to become skilled.  We would expect that you be highly organized, a good communicator, and time conscious.  This job will require you to handle the administration of multiple projects, but you will not be alone, you are effectively supporting our project architects who are responsible for their projects. 

 General Qualities:

  • Positively represent the firm at all times
  • Proficient in software tools for construction administration
  • General knowledge of the AIA document A201-General Conditions for Construction
  • Knowledgeable of CSI MasterFormat, construction systems, and technical resources
  • Communication and other skills consistent with firm standards

Project Responsibilities:

  • Assist project architect in administering construction paperwork and processes
  • Maintain construction administration files in accordance with SMHa standards
  • Ability to collaborate and correspond with contractors and consulting engineers
  • Process and track construction submittals
  • Process and track proposal requests, change orders
  • Potentially assist the project architects in the field

Qualifications:

  • 2 year technical college degree or 4 year college degree
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Possess a desire to grow your knowledge of the architecture practice with emphasis on
  • construction administration
  • Able and willing to work in a collaborative environment

Compensation:

  • Salary based upon experience
  • Annual performance and compensation reviews
  • Bonus potential
  • Comprehensive benefits including medical insurance, 401K, and more

 

Resume responses can be forwarded to info@smha.com.  You can learn more about us at www.smha.com and by asking local client and contractors who they really like working with! 

 

 

 

Thursday
May172018

Singleton Building Earns LEED Silver Certification!

We are excited to announce that the interior renovation of the Singleton Building at Coastal Carolina University has been certified as LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors! 

It ain't easy being green, but because the built environment has such a noteworthy impact on the natural environment that we love any and all shades of 'green' that a client desires whether it’s Energy Star rated, Green Globes, LEED, or simply designed with some environmentally friendly features. CCU required that the renovation to its iconic first building on campus be designed for LEED Silver certification - LEED is a rating system that the United States Green Building Council uses to evaluate a building's environmental performance and encourage sustainable design.

As iconic as the Singleton Building is as the campus entry point from the exterior, the interior was a stark contrast. 2 floors of tight floor-to-floor heights, a maze of cubicles and repurposed offices with very little natural light, no central HVAC, asbestos, dated technological and functional components and a lack of ADA accessibility - among other things - were insufficient to accommodate the head departments of a booming university that had grown to 100-times its original enrollment. 

Designers worked to shed light (literally) on the solution while keeping affordable, sustainable options at the forefront of the project, gaining LEED points for design components such as:

         Perimeter rooms' high ceilings let more light inside.Daylight and Views: Previously, only rooms along the perimeter of the building had natural light coming through the windows. Keeping the perimeter room ceilings high (no ductwork) maximizes the flow of natural light with frosted glass storefront on the interior side of those rooms creating a light filled corridor which allows light to continue to flow to the rest of the floor and work spaces without sacrificing privacy.

         Glass walls bring natural light to interior spaces.Enhanced Commissioning: Whole Building Systems is an independent commissioning authority that was designated to lead, review and oversee the completion of all commissioning process activities from the basis of design, to design documents through the construction phase. They reviewed and verified completion of requirements for training operating personnel and building occupants as well as reviewing contractor submittals of the complex systems for compliance.

         Active HVAC controls improve energy use for fluctuations in occupancy for small and large spacesWater Use Reduction: By choosing low-flow fixtures, the potable water use was reduced by 37%.

         Minimum Energy Performance: By using features like occupancy sensors to automatically turn lights on or off, LEDs and related features, the connected lighting power was reduced by 25%.

         Optimized HVAC Energy Performance: Active HVAC controls -designed to sense the space and control ventilation based on occupancy - are installed for private offices and public zones throughout the building. 

Today, the 33,000 square-foot building's interiors welcome visitors and staff with bright spaces and economical designs that improve the working and built environment as well as long-term maintenance and energy costs.        

Special Thanks to Coastal Carolina University and Our Project Team:

Coastal Carolina University - Mark Avant, Bill Wendle

Whole Building Systems – Maria Schwartz, Susan Collins, Dennis Knight

DWG Engineering – Mary Gallagher, Will Billard, Kenny Minogue

ADC Engineering – Mark Dillon, Lauren Bush 

Tuesday
Apr102018

Charleston Iron Work: Forging On

Amid the tower cranes and rapid high-rise development of downtown Charleston, the ambiance of the historic area draws thousands of people each year to experience cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, steeples, single houses, shrimp and grits and wrought iron gates. While many think that blacksmithing and wrought iron is a thing of the past, Robert Thomas and the team at Robert Thomas Iron Design are proving otherwise, one hammer blow at a time from their Charleston-based studio. Their work on Southern First Bank (80 Calhoun) was recently recognized with a national Gold Medal award from the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association. 

When 80 Calhoun was in design, the City of Charleston encouraged Senior Architect Margie Longshore to incorporate traditional Charleston craftsmanship; the building’s prominent position as the backdrop to the finely detailed Gailliard Auditorium warranted hand-crafted details throughout. With a stair feature inside and a goal to start with hand-crafted iron work on the outside and then continue through the twisting inside staircase – seen prominently from the outside – Margie contacted a friend with connections to the American College of Building Arts, who put her in touch with Robert Thomas. 

Together, architect and blacksmith collaborated to make the big idea work. Robert and his team built a 3-D computer model to accurately study the railing details and review final decisions with the design team and contractors. Once the staircase was in place, they took detailed measurements, built a framework and transported it back and forth as it was created and detailed to ensure a proper final fit. 

“It was refreshing to work with a blacksmith on crafted details as unique as this,” Margie says. “Forging iron itself is physically challenging, and watching them hand-produce it while anticipating the different conditions of the finished product really warrants a high level of appreciation for the details. Their work has become a stunning focal point and timeless feature for 80 Calhoun.” 

In a city that champions the work of Phillip Simmons and other blacksmiths from decades and centuries past, Robert Thomas and his team are forging forward, combining the old technique with new projects. His new book, The Art & Craft of the Blacksmith: Techniques and Inspiration for the Modern Smith is already an Amazon Top Seller, and has been featured nationally.

Check out this video to see him in action and learn more about modern blacksmithing:

Monday
Feb192018

Introducing Our Four New Partners!

As we recently announced, we are thrilled for the promotion of our four senior architects - Chris Altman, AIA, Billy Connell, AIA, LEED AP, Jeff Johnston, AIA and Margie Longshore, AIA, LEED AP - to new partners of SMHa! Chris, Billy, Jeff and Margie have demonstrated not only their dedication in serving clients, but also their talented skills in architecture throughout their tenure here. 

Chris Altman, AIA, specializes in a range of projects for higher education and retail, like the redevelopment of Bowman Place in Mount Pleasant and multiple new projects at Freshfields Village. He serves on the Fair Board for the Exchange Club of Charleston and is a graduate of Clemson University.

 

 

Billy Connell, AIA, is a native of Mount Pleasant and champions designs for civic projects like Mount Pleasant’s new Town Hall. He is an alumnus of both Clemson University and North Carolina State University, and recently completed Leadership Charleston.

 

 

Jeff Johnston, AIA, focuses on private projects for the resort, medical and office communities, such as the new 111 Coleman office building. An Auburn University graduate, he serves on both the City of Charleston Design Review Board and the Daniel Island Architectural Review Board.

 

 

Margie Longshore, AIA, has completed numerous projects involving rehabilitation or new construction in downtown Charleston; most recently Southern First Bank at 80 Calhoun Street. She also leads the firm’s efforts in K-12 educational projects. Margie is a graduate of Auburn University, a member of the AIA South Carolina board of directors, and a graduate of Leadership Charleston.

Friday
Dec082017

Come One, Come All!

SMHa is committed to designing buildings that are accessible for all citizens!

Do you know that the state of South Carolina has adopted the 2017 edition of the ICC A117.1 Accessibility and Usable Buildings and Facilities Code? You need to know that many jurisdictions throughout South Carolina are now reviewing projects under the new regulation. A few of the revisions that you will see in our latest designs:

  • Larger dimensions for clear floor spaces and turning spaces in new buildings
  • Improvements to exterior accessible routes
  • New passenger drop-offs and parking requirements
  • Acoustic standards for classrooms
  • Features allowing for better communication for persons using sign language
  • Provisions for water bottle filling stations