AUGUST 2012 Update


  • Join us on August 29th at 12:30 for our monthly membership meeting and tour of the new Parks and Recreation Administration Building at Earlewood Park
  • The first Annual YAF Yard Games Olympics will be held Sunday, August 26th, 1:30 pm @ Earlewood Park, see below for more info.


Parks and Recreation Administration Building Tour
August 29th, 12:30 @ Earlewood Park 

Columbia’s new Parks & Recreation Administration Building delivers on two fronts. First, it clearly establishes a forward-looking identity for the Department. Second, it successfully addresses the ever-growing need for community meeting space that is welcoming and engaging.

Nestled among mature trees on a bluff overlooking Earlewood Park, the center is comprised of two parts – one public and one private. A breezeway connects the two structures to create a small campus of approximately 10,000 square feet. Another overt link is the public plaza that serves both buildings and also connects to existing parking to the north, disc golf to the west, and the tennis courts to the south.

Each building is conceived as a simple, carefully detailed form. Together, the structures establish an iconic identity, yet are restrained, reserved and deferential to the park landscape. A plinth veneered in stone establishes the ground plane, with steel pipe columns and a glu-lam wood roof emerging out of this base. Walls are constructed of aluminum curtain wall, in-filled with glass, spandrel and stained wood. This effectively creates a light, transparent façade that opens the buildings to the outside.

The design also features many sustainable principles, including the use of recycled materials, energy efficient mechanical systems, generous day-lighting, ample views, and minimal impact on the site.

August 26th:  1:30 pm, Earlewood Park – At the picnic pavilion

Join us for the first Annual (Y)AF Columbia Lawn Games Olympics!

Test your skills at bocce ball, Frisbee golf, Corn hole, and other (not so) athletic events!

Burgers and hot dogs will be provided!





The Palms on Main Building Tour

The Palms on Main Building Tour

Wednesday, May 30, 2012    12PM – 1PM

Join us for a tour of The Palms on Main in downtown Columbia, SC at the corner of Main Street and Lady Street. The former Governor’s House hotel (and most recently a Roadway Inn) has been converted into a 54-unit urban apartment building with future restaurant and retail space on the ground floor. The project architects will be available to discuss the project.

Lunch is on your own after the tour…hey, you’re on Main St. with restaurants nearby!

Please RSVP to Tripp Riley by 5pm Tuesday, May 29 if you plan on

We do encourage walking (if you’re close enough…and the weather cooperates) and carpooling, as only street parking is available.

Church of the Apostles Building Tour

Church of the Apostles Building Tour

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:30-1:30PM

1520 Bull Street

Join us for our first membership meeting of 2012 and hear about the transformation of the Church of the Apostles new campus at 1520 Bull Street.  Architects of Record, Catalyst Architects, will be on hand to discuss the renovation of and additions to the existing church and give the building tour.  For more information on the project, visit the church’s website at

Lunch and CEU’s will be provided.  $5 for members.

RSVP to Robyn Fisher at by Monday, January 30, 2012.

Street parking available.