A space-restricted site in historic downtown Charleston created unusual demands for the Medical University of South Carolina. The new retail/office/parking structure needed to complement both a neighboring historical high school and the modern MUSC hospital, as well as accommodate 700 vehicles. The innovative solution? Architectural wall panels with sandblast finish and inlay brick that blend seemlessly with the surroundings. Beautiful. Balanced. Mission accomplished.
Owner: Medical University of South Carolina
Architect: Jenkins Hancock & Sides
Engineer: Mabry Engineering
Contractor: Mashburn Construction
Location: Charleston, SC
- Off-site manufacturing and on-time delivery of precast components helped reduce site congestion.
- Efficient precast process expedited construction schedule.
- Seven elevated levels of parking allowed for above ground-level retail stores and office spaces.
- Exterior façade meets demanding Charleston historical district requirements.
- Classic black shutters and balcony grilles give modern flair.
- 700 parking spaces fit in a tight downtown site limited by city codes.
- High-density concept meets egress and open-air requirements.
- Overall footprint of site was 151 ft by 320 ft.
- Building meets seismic design requirements under the International Building Code.
- Building meets fire separation codes in proximity to historical and modern buildings.
- Long life cycle and low maintenance in a harsh, coastal environment was ensured with precast, prestressed concrete, stainless steel connectors and hot-dip galvanized embeds.
- Building included 897 precast pieces, including factory topped double tees, highly articulated exterior wall panels and 2-ft-thick shear walls.