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

New Residence Hall

This 84,000 square foot Earth Advantage Gold student housing complex includes two four-story buildings and one five-story building “connected via indoor bridges” and houses 91 living units with a mix of quad-single and quad-double rooms. Each floor includes specified units for resident assistants and resident directors with a variety of additional spaces for student interaction and collaboration such as a game room, a central kitchen, and meeting rooms with projection screen for study spaces.

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.

CN Rail Command Center

The existing occupied 75,183 square-foot office space received interior renovations plus a 19,914 square-foot addition. The addition consisted of office space and a new, larger rail command center. The existing command center was then converted into additional office space. The 215 stall parking lot also received a 73 stall expansion. The building is located on a 5.4-acre site.

Barnes & Thornburg

This 85,000 square-foot, class A office space is located on 3 floors with an interior staircase. Received an Award of Merit from Midwest Construction in the Interior Design/Fitout category for the Best of 2003 Awards. Completed another small renovation in 2010 on two floors and in 2012 built-out a multi-purpose room and commercial catering kitchen on the 43rd floor.

Solana Senior Living

Situated on a 8.5 acre site, the project includes the development of a 98 unit, 120 bed, senior living community with memory care and approximately 79,300 of total square footage.

High-end finishes, custom millwork and modern furnishings give a homelike feeling for residents.

The complex offers a variety of activity spaces including a wellness center, taproom, theater, art room, full service kitchen, cafe, multiple seating areas and hair salon.

The site contains beautiful outdoor spaces with a courtyard, walking paths and firepit.

CN Campus

Krusinski Construction Company completed the construction of a new U.S. Operations Training Center for CN Railway in Homewood, Illinois.  This state-of-the-art 2-story training center will host up to 250 CN students.  The facility is located adjacent to the locomotive repair center and will enhance CN’s  training programs, help instill a strong safety culture and reinforce new skills while upgrading existing expertise.  The center was constructed over an old railroad turntable and roundhouse.

The Chicago area is CN’s largest freight hub in North America and suburban Homewood is home to CN’s U.S. headquarters.

Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim

The two-phase project involves the conversion of three single story office buildings into religious and multi-use facilities. Phase I consists of a new sanctuary, village community center, social hall, administrative support offices and a full-service kitchen. The sanctuary will feature 600 seats, cascading stairs/seating, a balcony and worship area. The social hall will seat up to 960 people for special religious ceremonies. The Village Community Center will be used as a central gathering place for reading, reflecting and community events. Phase II is the educational wing and will house the classroom and library.

South Jersey Federal Credit Union

Two-story new construction serves as the corporate headquarters and operations center for the South Jersey Federal Credit Union and features high-end modern finishes. This LEED registered project has a goal of Silver.

Albright College – Merner-Pfeiffer Hall of Science

This LEED Silver project includes the construction of a four story wrap-around addition to the existing Merner Pfeiffer Hall of Science and the renovation of the existing historic building. The project added 41,600 square feet of state-of-the-art lab space, classrooms and lecture halls. The new Hall of Science now totals 78,000 square feet. This project was multi-phased to allow continual use and occupancy during construction.