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DAVID RICHARDS, ARCHITECT
COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE / DORMITORY BUILDING
Rendering from the Northeast Corner of Property - The existing renovated building is on the right side of this image. Phase 2 - Accessory Building is on the left side of the image
Rendering from the East of Property
Phase 2 - Accessory Building (not yet constructed) includes a game room on the first floor, a gym/exercise room on the second floor and office suite on the third floor.
Rendering from the Northeast Corner of Property - David Richards, Architect also provided the landscaping and site design for the property. Tabby (Oyster Shell) paving and indigenous plants were used.
99 ST. PHILIP STREET - COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON - DORMITORY BUILDING
99 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC
Complete Renovation and Alteration of Building - 2020-2022
Owner: McAlister Development
Completed August, 2022
99 Saint Philip Street was constructed in 1985-1986 as a sixty-three-unit condominium building. By 2020 each unit had been purchased by a private real estate developer. In the thirty-five years since its initial construction the building had fallen into a severe state of disrepair. The stucco finish that had been installed over a plywood substrate was damaged and spalling beyond repair. The windows and through-wall HVAC units and roof leaked. All of these issues contributed to significant water and moisture intrusion into exterior wall cavity. The ownership group and design team determined that the best course of action would be to completely remove the existing building skin and install a new code complaint exterior finish system. Additionally, it was resolved to reconfigure all of the dwelling units to accommodate the new proposed use as a dormitory building.
The initial building was modeled in the vernacular of a "Charleston Single Family Home." This architectural style, which is unique to Charleston, South Carolina, consists of a building mass, usually only one room wide and two rooms deep, with linear "piazza" running the length of the structure. The existing architectural detailing, exceedingly poor both technically and visually, of the original building was completely reworked to meet both current building codes and provide a more cohesive arrangement of the building components. The roof was also repaired and replaced to match the new color pallet of the exterior of the building.
The Phase II proposed "Accessory Building" is an architecturally modern counterpoint to the recently renovated "Single Family" building masses. Although the building materials used in the "Accessory Building" are for the most part the same as those used on the recently renovated original structure, they are configured and arranged in a manner that better represents a contemporary expression of architecture and its meaning when constructed in the twenty first century.
Project Scope of Work:
Exterior Work: Exterior demolition consisted of the removal of the existing windows, mechanical units, exterior stucco, sheathing, and a portion of the exterior framing previously damaged by moisture intrusion. The new exterior work consisted of the installation of new framing, sheathing, continuous insulation, and an adhered brick finish system over the entire exterior of the building.
Interior Work: All sixty-three apartment units were completely reconfigured. Construction work included new electrical layout and fixtures, new mechanical systems, new plumbing system and fixtures, new bath and kitchen cabinets, new flooring, wall finishes. Common Area corridors were also reconfigured.
Site Work: Site demolition work consisted of the removal of an existing CMU wall that fronted the east side of the property. The design and installation of a new security pier/fence bounding the East and North sides of the property. New tabby (oyster shell) sidewalks provide access to the buildings from the perimeter security gates. David Richards, Architect also developed the landscaping/planting plan selecting local drought and salt tolerant plant material.
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