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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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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

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***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!

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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

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