4-IMG_2388 copyWatson Tate Savory was honored to have one of our latest projects, the City of Columbia Water Distribution + Wastewater Maintenance Facility, as a finalist in the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Carolina’s 2017 Annual Green Gala’s Sustainable Business Awards.

The Green Gala is the green event of the year in the Carolinas, with an attendance of over 300 industry professionals, executives, dedicated volunteers, students and others who represent the multiple facets of sustainable building, design and construction. From the WTS team, Tom Savory, principal, Gene Bell, associate principal, and Jana Hartenstine, senior associate, were in attendance.

The City of Columbia Water Distribution + Wastewater Maintenance Facility was one of only three finalists in the Innovative Design New Construction BD + C category. The design of the facility converted an abandoned automobile dealership into a municipal water division facility, simplifying a diverse program for reuse of existing structures. The glazed office building exaggerates the original showroom’s extroverted spirit, bathing occupants in daylight. New detailing on the pre-engineered warehouse expresses the roof plane in floating undulations, referencing the site’s topography. Site improvements include pervious paving, xeriscaping and rain gardens.

WTS enjoyed celebrating the leaders in sustainability, green excellence and innovation on September 21 at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. To view more pictures of the Facility, click here.