WTS received an Honor Award for Renovations to South Carolina State University’s historic Lowman Hall, one of only three such awards received at the AIA South Atlantic Region awards gala in Savannah, on Saturday, October 1st. WTS also received a 2012 SAR Honor Award for the design of our Columbia office, making WTS the first South Carolina firm ever to receive two consecutive South Atlantic Regional Honor Awards.  The award was conferred by jury chair, Steve Dumez, FAIA, principal with New Orleans-based Eskew+Dumez+Ripple.

In conferring the award, Dumez commented that “this project succeeds in the elegant renovation of an historic building that had been neglected for decades. By reassembling the building’s history through the memories held by the community, the design team was able to fully realize the project’s identity. Through detailed archival research and clear programmatic recommendations, the architects established a vision that has resulted in a positive future for this significant cultural resource. A rigorous adherence to original intent presents a streamlined authenticity where careful detailing and appropriate fit between functions old and new support a cohesive whole.”

Designed by then-professor, and, ultimately, president of South Carolina State College, Miller Whitaker, Lowman Hall stands as one of the few remaining structures designed by South Carolina’s first African American registered architect. Originally serving as a men’s dormitory, the building was also constructed by the students who would subsequently occupy it.  The rehabilitation by WTS converted the building to offices for upper level administration and the board of trustees. The project has previously received four awards, including the South Carolina Historic Preservation Honor Award, given by the SC Department of Archives and History and the SC Trust for Historic Preservation, and conferred by Governor Nikki Haley. Principal Tom Savory accepted the award on behalf of the firm.  The AIA South Atlantic Region includes both Carolinas and Georgia.

You can view our full award submittal here: Lowman Hall

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