Palmetto Bluff Moreland Village

The Moreland Village Outfitters Center and Social Club are the next major addition as Palmetto Bluff continues to expand its offerings with this master-planned community. Building on the success of the original Wilson Village established in 2005, Moreland Village is the second master-planned community within Palmetto Bluff.

Developer Crescent Communities partners with Lake Flato Architects of San Antonio, TX and 4240 Architecture from Denver, CO, for an integrated and collaborative approach on these two components of Moreland Village.

The 7,600-SF Outfitters Center is designed by Lake Flato Architects and comprised of a retail store, canteen/deli, classroom, real estate sales office, and adjacent maintenance building. 4240 Architects designs the 19,600-SF Social Club which includes two pools, amenities building, smoke house, bike rental barn, pool bar, tree house, bowling alley, restaurant, fitness center and service building.

Architectural features include cypress siding, exposed timber frame, boardwalks with IPE decking material, and antique reclaimed barn wood floors.

Sea Pines Harbour Town Clubhouse

The Sea Pines Resort Harbour Town Clubhouse is home to the annual RBC Heritage PGA Tournament. With the dire need to expand and improve upon its existing facilities, Sea Pines selects Choate for the construction of this multi-phase project.

Phase one consists of the expansion and renovation to the existing Halfway House. Provisions are made allowing golf course operations to continue, uninterrupted, during the demolition and construction period. The parking area beneath the Conference Center is converted to transitional golf cart storage and a temporary Pro Shop, Caddy Shack and cart staging area remain in operation as the 2014 RBC PGA Heritage takes place between phase one and phase two of construction.

Phase two includes complete demolition to the existing structure and construction of the larger more luxurious Clubhouse, which is located within the same footprint. The stunning three-story structure houses a golf cart garage and storage, Pro Shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, restaurant, private dining, toilet rooms, kitchen, back of house operations, and multi-function rooms. The Clubhouse is built within two inches of the existing Conference Center, allowing the Clubhouse kitchen to poke-through to the Conference Center corridors and kitchen, which creates convenient and operational efficiency. The adjacent Conference Center receives an exterior facade renovation to match the Clubhouse.

This project is completed in less than 10 months and prior to the 2015 RBC Heritage PGA Tournament, breaking the PGA’s previous record for the demolition and construction of a clubhouse between tournament dates.

SCRA Applied Technologies Center

Located within the epicenter of Charleston, South Carolina’s fast-growing I-26 corridor, the South Carolina Research Authority’s (SCRA) Applied Technologies Center is a hallmark office structure within the vibrant, self-sustaining community of Nexton in Summerville.

The three-story structural steel structure, which rests atop a geopier foundation with shallow concrete, is clad in an array of Old Savannah brick, Trespa architectural panels, ACM, and curtainwall glass. It provides the applied research company and multiple tenants with over 78,000-SF of space. Custom interior decorative Trespa panels, ceramic tile flooring, and custom pendant lighting enhance the lobby and office/conference room corridors, which each boast an open ceiling structure. A monumental staircase accents the lobby, which is also adorned by a free-standing custom orchid sculpture. Multiple high-tech conference areas, each surrounded by glass walls, are named after branches of the U.S. military (Army Room, Marine Room, etc.) to pay homage to SCRA’s clients and personnel, many of whom dutifully served. The main conference room, which overlooks the lobby, features a state-of-the-art flat panel television system. The high-tech system is capable displaying nine separate programs (in a grid-like structure) or a single program as one display for the highest level of visual impact.

Design and construction of the Applied Technologies Center highlights the talent of the design-build team dedicated to providing a high standard for sustainability, an innovative construction management approach and highly-detailed schedule control. Choate Construction’s attention to the needs of the client while expertly balancing the jobsite activities and schedule yielded the delivery of the project on time, within budget, and with best-in-class quality.

2015 ENR Southeast, Merit Award for Office / Interiors / Mixed Use Category

Red Ventures Corporate Headquarters Campus

Choate Construction’s multiple projects for powerhouse tech company Red Ventures, including their corporate headquarters campus, are just as impressive and innovative as the rapidly-expanding company within its walls.

The building exterior combines architectural tilt-wall panels, curtainwall glass and architectural metal panels. Office areas incorporate an open floor plan and staircases to promote employee interaction and movement between floors. The core contains the main lobby, grand staircase, glass elevator, and executive office and conference areas.

Reflective of the innovate and personable spirit of the company, the facility features a full-size basketball court designed to replicate a NBA court, with a four-sided scoreboard suspended from the ceiling. Other fitness amenities include a second-floor jogging track that overlooks the court, aerobics and workout areas, and complete locker room facilities. The campus offers a full-service dining area with a kitchen, as well as indoor and outdoor seating. A beer garden, soccer field, bowling alley, two tennis counts, two beach volleyball courts, and various recreation areas also help create the ultimate “work hard, play hard” corporate campus.

Nexton Office I

Conveniently located between Summerville and Charleston, S.C., Choate Construction orchestrates this office facility and all associated sitework. As the first anchor property within the 4,500-acre master-planned community of Nexton, this 103,221-SF Class A office facility combines energy efficiency with a sleek, modern design. Multiple tenants call the four-story building home, including MeadWestvaco (MWV), a Fortune 500 corporation and global leader in packaging and packaging solutions. The building is the first of many within the up-and-coming live-work-play community, a 20-year development effort by MWV Community Development and Land Management, Inc.

With LEED Gold certification in mind, the project is expected to include a multitude of components designed to provide an overall healthy, safe, and technologically advanced environment for both employees and guests alike. An expansive curtainwall framing system with impact-rated glass provides natural daylighting while ACM and brick exterior finishes create a contemporary, polished appearance. To further enhance the exterior, a decorative wing is suspended structurally up and over the parapet walls at the roofline while a metal screen encloses the rooftop equipment and penthouse. Due to the location of the facility within a seismic and hurricane zone, steel and brace framing provide additional structural support.

In an effort to accommodate multi-tenant expansion, interior features are kept minimal but include core upfits for main entry lobbies, elevators, and restrooms. These areas are enhanced by interior storefront tenant doors, slate, porcelain tile and acoustical ceilings. Decorative wood features are incorporated into the millwork, wall panels and ceilings. This project is part of the joint-venture development effort by Rock-Miramar, Inc. and MeadWestvaco.

Clemson University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center

With a core purpose of speeding innovation to market in the field of wind energy, award-winning Clemson University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center is the first construction within the 27 acre Energy Systems Campus of the Clemson University Restoration Institute. Completed by Choate Construction, the facility houses the world’s most sophisticated and most powerful wind turbine drivetrain testing equipment. The LEED Gold certified facility is the result of the largest cost share grant ever awarded by the Department of Energy ($45 million) and over $60 million in public and private funding.

Located within a decommissioned U.S. Navy warehouse atop a rehabilitated brownfield site, the 82,264-SF facility is designed by AEC and will support the critical testing of next generation off-shore wind turbines by allowing businesses to simulate in mere months over 20 years of rigors faced by the turbine systems at sea. The facility is also home to the Duke Energy eGRID, a 15-megawatt hardware-in-the-loop grid simulator capable of testing and validating the impact of wind energy on the nation’s aging electrical grid without the real-world risks to the existing grid.

Catholic Diocese of Charleston Chancery

Situated on five acres of marsh front property along the beautiful Ashley River, the Catholic Diocese of Charleston’s 41,000-SF pastoral center consolidates five diocesan departments into one campus-style setting for the first time in its nearly 200-year history. Diocesan staff and parishioners from across the state share in the new center, which consists of three separate structures: a 30,000-SF chancery office building; 6,908-SF assembly hall; and a 4,074-SF chapel.

Structural steel framing provides support to each of the three structures, which are enhanced by masonry and precast facades. The buildings are topped by light gauge metal roof trusses fitted with a combination of TPO and metal roofing systems. Interior spaces are upfitted with highly ornate finishes and feature the newest technology in social media and video conferencing, all in an effort to decrease travel by the Bishop and diocesan staff.

While the new three-story chancery office predominantly contains smaller meeting rooms and office areas for administrative staff and the Bishop, the new assembly hall/conference center boasts an industrial catering kitchen and seating for 200 to serve large events. The assembly hall also connects directly to the ornate chapel, which features a large open area enhanced by exposed steel and unmatched finishes.

Choate Construction completed multi-phased, fast-tracked construction of the facilities beginning with an extensive sitework package incorporating underground drainage systems, earthquake drains, and a storm detention system. Environmentally friendly measures enacted during construction ensure the ground’s live oaks and adjacent wetlands are not impacted.

Central Carolina Technical College, Health Sciences Building

This remarkable renovation project is a substantial addition to Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC). The project adapts a 40-year-old abandoned building into a vibrant, modern learning facility that serves four counties and three major hospitals.

The building sat vacant for more than 10 years and once served as a Western Auto and a grocery store. The 12-month project involves six acres of site work, the renovation of the building and the educational buildout for the college. The complete structural upgrade includes full roof diaphragm replacement. New MEPs, boilers, medical gas and HVAC controls meet hospital standards. The space includes classrooms and seminar rooms, as well as simulation labs and mock ORs with state-of-the-art robotics and patient-simulation equipment.

The building includes a 100-seat tiered seminar room; a multi-purpose room; large divided classroom; seven regular classrooms; two instructional computer labs; a student resource computer lab; student library and lounge. Faculty, adjunct, student and building support spaces are also included.

The Health Sciences program includes a patient-simulation lab (nine stations); Associate Degree nursing lab (10 beds); Licensed Practical nurse lab (five beds); and massage therapy lab (nine stations). The Allied Health Program complements the Medical Assistant office & practice labs; phlebotomy medical & blood draw labs; and a Surgical Technician suite with two mock operating rooms and sterile processing lab. Integrated medical gases, patient headwall, medical equipment, lighting and communications provide a health care setting for training the students.

Hampton Hall Social Clubhouse

The Hampton Hall Social Clubhouse is a major triumph as it represents another in a long line of repeat projects for Toll Brothers. Special features include function rooms that can be separated by a folding partition, a complete commercial kitchen that allows the residents to utilize a catering service or a complete banquet prepared on the premises, a Grille and Lanai area with vaulted ceilings, stained exposed wood trusses, a center tower to let exterior light in, and shutters and screens to give the residents the feel of the outdoors without any of the drawbacks.

Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology Advanced Manufacturing Ctr

SIMT is the premiere technical service provider and training facility for industry in the southeastern portion of the United States. The 18,000 SF Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) and associated sitework includes special features such as fiber optic, networking and computer hardware training labs, four breakout session rooms, an executive briefing center and the campus data center. The key focus of the AMC is to provide training via simulation facilities that will link engineering to manufacturing technology as well as training and application of the latest computer technologies. Winning the Southeast Construction’s “Best of ’07” awards and a prestigious Eagle Award by the ABC Carolinas, SIMT is a truly remarkable cutting-edge facility