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CITY OF NORTH CHARLESTON PUBLIC WORKS COMPLEX
North Charleston, SC
The City of North Charleston was in need of a new Public Works Complex to consolidate their existing facilities and increase efficiency. To accomplish their intense programming challenge, SMHa worked with department heads and staff to understand fully the space needs and adjacencies required among departments in order to develop a layout that enhanced the productivity of each department and optimized workflow and collaboration based on each department’s needs.
The new Public Works Complex includes 91,000 square feet amongst 22 separate buildings as well as a city garage and fueling station. As a Critical Needs Facility, the complex meets requirements to serve as an Emergency Operations Center in the event of a natural disaster. A major design goal was to achieve a consistent architectural aesthetic for the entire complex that speaks to the utilitarian mission of Public Works while contributing to the civic pride of North Charleston. Insulated precast concrete was used on the majority of the buildings for durability, increased speed of construction, and energy efficiency. The result is a top, forward-thinking public works facility.
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