Entries in Charleston architect (9)


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.


Buist Academy: CEFPI Best Design Award for Southeast Region!

Well, just when we thought that Buist Academy's design earning an Honor Award from the CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International) South Carolina chapter was the proverbial icing on the cake, we are excited to share that the school has received yet another recognition from CEFPI: the 'Best Design Award' for the Southeast Region!

Buist Academy was the only school from South Carolina to receive an award at the regional conference this week that included seven state chapters: Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.

We are truly honored that this design has had such positive effects and influences on its students and faculty, the Charleston community, our state and now the Southeast region! 

Thanks again to the many facets of our team who made this possible:

Charleston County School District, SMHa, Craig Gaulden Davis, ADC Engineering, Owens & Associates, S&ME, BRC Acoustics, Whitmire Ballington & Associates, SystemWorCx, Fair Consulting, Cumming Corporation, M.B. Kahn Construction, H.G. Reynolds Company.


Buist Academy earns CEFPI South Carolina Honor Award!

We are proud to announce that Buist Academy recently received an Honor Award from the South Carolina chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)! The award honors 'excellence in school building and design,' and we are so grateful to be part of the very foundations this school is built on. 

Bill Lewis (CCSD COO for Capital Programs, Retired), Bob Faust (Cumming Corp), Sam Herin (SMHa Design Principal), Margie Longshore (SMHa Project Architect) and Michael Bobby (CCSD Acting Superintendent)While we know it's the teachers, faculty, students and community make schools truly thrive, a safe and inspiring facility designed to enhance the experiences of everyone involved plays an important role in the formula.

Congratulations to the design team, consultants, contractors, Charleston County School District and all involved who literally spent years working to make this school what it has become today.

Charleston County School District (Owner)

Cumming Corporation (Construction Manager)

Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects (Architect of Record)

Craig Gaulden Davis (Consulting K12 Architect, Interior Design)

ADC Engineering (Civil, Structural, Landscape)

Owens & Associates (MP&E)

S&ME, Inc. (Geotechnical)

BRC Acoustics (AV/Acoustics)

Whitmire Ballington & Associates (Kitchen Consultant)

SystemWorCx (Commissioning Agent)

Fair Consulting (Specifications)

See more pictures of the project here!


Building a Bright Future

Over the years, we have enjoyed hosting students from Wando High School’s Internship Program. They come with varying interests and backgrounds and are guided by SMHa architects and principals while working on real-life projects to get a grasp of what life is really like at an architecture firm. 

Wando senior Harrison Novak, who is double majoring at the high school in Art + Architecture and Math, Science + Engineering, has returned to intern with us for a second semester. She has wowed us with her talent for being able to read drawings, visualize projects and reproduce them as models. Harrison recently spent three months working on a model of the Town of Mount Pleasant Town Hall, which was delivered to the Town this week. 

“My experience in 3-D Art helps,” she says. “I’m a very visual person, and I love that everyone in the office gave input and helped me create this.”

One of Harrison’s favorite aspects of model making is the need for creativity. While it takes a sharp eye, steady hand and ability to translate drawings into scale 3-D reproductions, certain elements also require the ingenuity to problem solve. For example, to make the rounded council drum, Harrison found a soap dispenser of the exact scale dimensions and painstakingly soaked the wood until it was pliable enough to be wrapped around the dispenser and dried, creating a perfect shape for that part of the building. Harrison’s favorite parts of the model are the roof overhang brackets, which she feels give it a great ‘finished’ look.

Wando High School is known for its smart, talented students, and Harrison is no exception. Her work is on a professional level, so much that she is building yet another model, this time for an office building. Keep up the good work, Harrison!


A True Honor: 2014 Architectural Firm of the Year

What we do here at SMHa is bigger than we are, and with that in mind, we are proud to be part of the local community and work to design a better Lowcountry every day. 

Monday night, we were honored with a very special award from the Charleston Contractors' Association: the 2014 Architectural Firm of the Year Award!  As we celebrate 25 years of designing in the Lowcountry, we are thankful to have been selected for this award for outstanding professionalism and excellence in the field by the general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in our industry.

Thanks to the Charleston Contractors' Association and its members for this great recognition!