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Design Construction Partnership Legislative Reception

January 15, 2020
USC Alumni Center


Volunteer Judges Needed!

SC FIRST LEGO League is seeking volunteers to help judge the State Championship, in Lexington on Saturday, January 18, 2020.    The event will be held at Meadow Glen Middle School, 440 Ginny Lane, Lexington, SC 29072.

Since this year’s theme is “City Shapers,” they are specifically seeking Architects, Engineers, City Planners, and other infrastructure professionals to help judge the next generation of Global Innovators.    More information about FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award can be found here:

Lunch will be provided.   It is an incredible opportunity to see into our future – through the eyes of our young students.

If you are interested, please contact:

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We will be conducting a silent auction to benefit Epworth Children’s Home.  If you or anyone you know would like to donate an item to be auctioned, please contact Clint Riddle:

Below are a few ideas of what we are seeking:


Electronic gift cards can be purchased through Sign Up Genius:


Weekend Getaway

Hotel / Dinner combo

Dinner/ Activity Combo


Gift BasketsHandmade Items

Register now for the AIA Columbia November Monthly Membership Meeting & Tour:

USC Classroom / Laboratory Redevelopment

Tuesday, November 12
12:00pm – 1:00pm

701 Main Street,
Columbia, SC

WTS collaborated with EYP for the renovation of the former Law School Center. The renovation provides for the complete gutting and abatement of approximately 180,000 SF of the 1970’s structure. The renovation creates three floors of undergraduate chemistry teaching laboratories, related student spaces and a new entrance atrium, student gathering, and multiple collaboration spaces.

The new classroom and undergraduate laboratories will provide a highly transparent environment which puts safety and science on display. The laboratories will provide three floors of state-of-the-art laboratories for Honors Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Physical and Analytical Chemistry. Repurposing of an existing structure in the heart of a tight urban campus provided an economically and sustainable approach to meeting the increasing demand for undergraduate chemistry teaching spaces.

Size: 192,000 SF | Cost: $40 Million

Meeting, Tour, and Lunch:

$10 for AIA Columbia members
$15 for non-members

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Join us this Thursday for a YAF Happy Hour at Stormwater Studios!

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

ALL are welcome at YAF meetings, tours, and events, regardless of age/years licensure

Brightwood (formerly Kaplan) ARE 5.0 Study Materials are available on a loan basis through AIA Columbia – contact for more information!

4 CEU AIA / and  2 CEU  IIDA,ASID etc

Please RSVP to Richard Oliver and advise Breakfast, Lunch, or Both when you RSVP.

Join Palladium as they celebrate Columbia’s unique midcentury modern architectural history. The tour will take visitors inside private residences with MCM flair.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Megan Plott at or 803-252-7742 x 12. 
Advance tickets are $25 for Palladium members, $30 for Historic Columbia members, and $40 for the general public. Advance ticket sales end Friday, Nov. 1. Any remaining tickets will be available day of at the Historic Columbia Gift Shop for $40.  
Click the link below to purchase tickets!    
  Palladium Fall Tour Tickets
If you are interested in volunteering for the Palladium Fall Tour, please click the link below :
  Palladium Fall Tour Volunteer Opportunities

Join AIA Columbia on September 25 from 5:30pm-7:30pm for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prior to the AIA South Carolina Annual Meeting.

We’ll be at Quackenbush Architects + Planners, just a block away from the Annual Meeting location at 1208 Washington!


Register now for the AIA Columbia September Monthly Membership Meeting & Tour: Terminix – Wednesday, Sept. 4 @ Noon.

***Hard hats and close-toed shoes are required for this tour.***

This new office building and warehouse facility consolidates the myriad buildings out of which Terminix currently operates into one central corporate hub.  Located on Fernandina Road, adjacent to I-26, this two-story building takes advantage of this highly visible location, creating an instantly recognizable street facade.  A grand clerestory projects up from the angles swath of circulation space that connects the public east building entrance with the more private, employee-related, west entrance.  A dividable training room with dining area occupies a large portion of the first floor program, with private offices and open office workstations taking up the remainder.  Other notable program elements include a large mail room, exercise room, multiple conference rooms and several break rooms.  Expansion capability in the office building has been accounted for with nearly 5,000 square feet of shell space.  Attached to the office building is a 4,700 square-foot high-bay warehouse with an additional 1,200 square feet in mezzanine area.

Meeting & Tour from Noon – 1:00pm.

Members: $10.00

Non-Members: $15:00

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Sponsored by:

Stone Interiors Plant Tour & “Stone 101” CEU

Wednesday, August 28
12:00pm – 1:00pm

131 Palmetto Ct.,
Gaston SC 29053

Meeting, Tour, CEU, and Lunch: $5

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Join Historic Columbia at McCants and tour the new homes which occupy the historic Fannie McCants Elementary School.

Students last roamed McCants Elementary School’s halls in 1999. Its new life as an eleven-unit townhome development in the heart of historic Earlewood began when renovations were completed by Hill Construction Company in the fall of 2017. Zack Wheeler spearheaded the project with his father, Jeff, the other half of Columbia real estate development company Wheeler & Wheeler.

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Register now for the AIA Columbia July Monthly Membership Meeting & Tour:

Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center

Wednesday, July 24
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Owner: Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands

Project Name: Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center

Project Address: 1107 Williams Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Tour info: Street parking (non-metered) is available along Senate St. and Williams St.  Hardhats are NOT required.

Less than a block from the Congaree River, The Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center promotes the Girl Scouts program and develops tomorrow’s future leaders through activities in energizing, flexible educational, conference and overnight spaces.

The program focuses on specific core concepts of Girl Scouting – business enterprise, global citizenship, healthy living, the arts, outdoor education, and STEM activities, with a dedicated space for each of these activities to occur in a dynamic, colorful space. The colorful exterior hints to visitors the fun activities contained inside while also serving as an anchor to the future gateway into the City’s Innovista design district.

The experience brings together a variety of spaces:

  • a 200-person event facility and kitchen
  • office suite and conference rooms
  • theme inspired bunk rooms
  • a creative art studio
  • an exploratory science lab
  • a retail store
  • a rock climbing wall
  • outdoor kitchen and gathering areas
  • fire pit and splash pad

While the parts may seem very different, a fun and professional aesthetic supports a consistent theme that when you are here, “girls rule.” A complete transformation of an existing building, BOUDREAUX carried the Girl Scout goals and brand identity through the selection of furnishings and design of environmental graphics.

Meeting, Tour, and Lunch:

AIA members: $10
Non-members: $15

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Join us!

Thursday, June 27th @ 6:00pm

for the 



700 Gervais Street, Suite B2, Columbia, SC 29201

Participation is limited so RSVP as soon as possible at:

***Participants must wear closed-toe shoes for safety.***

We look forward to seeing you there!

ALL are welcome at YAF meetings, tours, and events, regardless of age/years licensure

Brightwood (formerly Kaplan) ARE 5.0 Study Materials are available on a loan basis through the AIAGC – contact for more information!

Register now for the AIA Columbia June Monthly Membership Meeting & Tour:
Close-Hipp Speech and Hearing Renovation
Wednesday, June 26
12:00pm – 1:00pm

USC captured space within an existing on-campus building to create a dynamic and inviting space for the Speech and Hearing Research Center’s academic and research functions.  The overall vision is creation of distinct zones within the larger programmed area, with each zone contributing the well-being of its specific end-users.  To support programmatic functions, the renovation includes new HVAC, electrical, fire alarm and fire suppression systems, new LED lighting and ADA-compliant toilets.  In the Hipp Wing, 16,955 SF will serve clinical and research functions, with testing, treatment and observation rooms, research labs and faculty offices.  In the Close Wing, 6,392 SF is student-oriented, featuring computer labs, workroom, conference rooms and collaboration spaces.  In blending the multiple functions within the space, designers focused on creating a healing environment which is conducive to collaboration and learning.  The clinical and research areas providing a soothing environment, calming for patients and focused for researchers.  In student-oriented spaces, the aesthetic is more design-forward, interactive and engaging, with a variety of environments supporting learning, collaboration, creation and renewal. USC twice increased Pond’s scope of services.  

Meeting, Tour, and Lunch:

AIA members: $10
Non-AIA members: $15

Register online at:

Sponsored by:

This is a short (~ 3 minutes) survey to get your feedback on the type of programs and events you would like to see AIAGC offer for our membership and the Greater Columbia community.

Take the survey by June 22 at:

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AIA Greater Columbia @ First Thursday, “2019 People’s Choice Awards,” to Take Place at 1530 Main Street at May 2nd First Thursday
Clemson University: School of Architecture: A Library for Cottontown

(Columbia, S.C.) April 25, 2019 –

The American Institute of Architects Greater Columbia section (AIAGC) is excited to announce that it will be opening the doors of the Center for Architecture at 1530 Main Street for First Thursday (May 2nd) from 6pm to 9pm!

All are welcome to stop in, have a free glass of wine and explore an exhibition of 12 unique design visions for a Cottontown Library Branch in the historic Cottontown neighborhood. During the spring semester of 2019, 80 second year undergraduate students in the Clemson University’s School of Architecture (CUSoA) explored what a new library branch would look like for Cottontown. 12 finalists as selected by a jury of AIAGC board members and Clemson professors will be on exhibition for First Thursday to participate in AIAGC’s 2019 People’s Choice Award.

As part of AIAGC’s efforts to engage with the public about the important role of great design, First Thursday visitors will be welcomed to vote on their favorite project. The project with the winning design will be awarded a $250 prize at 8:30pm! Additionally, a Grand Prize project selected by AIAGC board members will receive a $500 scholarship prize.

While the project is speculative in nature, students gain invaluable experience by having their work placed in a real setting – allowing them to gain insight into what it is like to design for Columbia’s community by studying its history, the unique conditions of the Cottontown neighborhood, and the goals of North Main Street development. Through the CUSoA-AIAGC Partnership, these students have further benefited from meeting with local architects about their own work and experience in the Cottontown District and held two design reviews as their projects progressed with AIAGC architects in Clemson. CUSoA and AIAGC hope that the designs exhibited here support an ongoing discussion about how thoughtful collaborative design can promote cultural equity and serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of one of the city’s most vibrant and important historic districts.

“Mentorship is so crucial to the development of an architect and their career,” states AIAGC board president, Adriane McGillis, AIA, a senior associate at Stevens & Wilkinson, “Inviting these students to come to our community and then getting to visit them throughout the semester is a key to building bridges with the newest generation of architects who will be influencing the very face of our communities in only a few short years.”

CUSoA – AIAGC Partnership organizer Wendy Bertani Bergmann, AIA, said, “It is incredibly refreshing to be a part of this relationship with Clemson. While the students benefit from having practicing architects join their professors in their design reviews, we as professionals are also inspired by how talented and creative these students are so early on in their careers. Student projects bring fresh perspectives to our communities and it’s important to maintain this partnership moving forward, bringing new ideas and great design to Columbia.”

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Register now for the AIAGC April Monthly Membership Meeting & Tour:

Down Under Columbia
Historic Columbia

Tuesday, April 23
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Equitable Arcade Building, 1332 Main St. Columbia, 29201

Join AIAGC & Historic Columbia for the April Monthly Membership Meeting & Tour: Down Under Columbia at the Equitable Arcade Building!

The Arcade, specifically the basement level, has long intrigued Columbia citizens and has served as a consistently popular location for Historic Columbia’s Behind-the-Scenes Tours.  Come find out the story behind this mysterious city landmark! 

Pizza from Stoner’s Pizza and beer/wine will be provided!

AIA members: $20
Non-AIA members: $25

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Come join us for Scribbles and Spirits on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30-7:30pm, at Boyd Plaza in front of the Columbia Museum of Art.  Columbia, SC Architect Curt Davis will lead the group in AIAGC’s first sketching event!  Paper and sharpies will be provided.  Please bring with you whatever additional sketching implements you’d like to use.  Join us afterwards at Rooftop Sheraton for food and drinks.  First 15 people to arrive get a free beer!

Andrew, AIA LEED AP is an Architect with Garvin Design Group

What is your role on the Board? Past President, 2017

How long have you served on the Board? 6 years

How long have you been a member of AIASC? 11 years

How long have you been working in industry? 11 years

Where are you from? Surfside Beach, SC

Where did you go to school?

Socastee High School and Dutch Fork High School

BA in Architecture from Clemson University

M.Arch from The University of Oregon

How do you feel you play a role in advocating for South Carolina architects?

As an AIA Columbia board member, I feel my role is to serve our members in any way I can. That entails listening to grievances, volunteering my time to organize events, and using my experience and knowledge base to improve the quality of benefits AIA members in our area receive.

What is your favorite part of serving on the Board of Directors?

It’s always fun to be “in the know” on all things AIA. Being on the board allows me to keep track of cool events on the local, state, and national level.

What future endeavors do you see for AIASC?

AIASC has a lot going for it. We have 3 fairly large sections that each anchor the upstate, midlands, and low country while providing top-notch member benefits. We are just beginning to see the potential of what collaboration can do to strengthen each of our programming efforts to capitalize on things already happening in our state.

Congratulations to Quackenbush Architects + Planners for receiving a 2018 Divine Detail Award for the University of South Carolina Center for Health and Well-Being. “The 68,000 square foot facility, centrally located in a thriving university campus, embodies a new paradigm for student health centers: a venue dedicated to the holistic pursuit of wellness and well-being.”

#AIADesignAwards #AIAGC2018 #AIAColumbia #AIAGC #DivineDetail

Photography: Charles Davis Smith and Rion Rizzo