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We’ve been working for a while with the Middleton Group on a great project in what was once the Dwell Smart building at 804 Meeting St.  Bounded by  Meeting on one side and Morrison Drive on the other it is adjacent to the well known  Tattooed Moose Restaurant.  Faced with many  unusual constraints, we were forced to come up with a few innovative solutions to the tight spaces. A drive of permeable concrete pavers snakes through the space connecting Meeting Street to Morrison Drive.  Custom designed Corten steel bollard lighting follows the drive on the North side, protecting the building and guiding traffic.

Goat. Sheep. Cow., the well loved eatery located on Church St., has their new location here  and we designed a great outdoor courtyard for them.  Using a Corten steel and wood fence the space is buffered from the drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the tight conditions, plantings are minimal and include native Palms, Scouring Rush in planters and native grasses, perennials and shrub palms along the boundary fence.  Other unique elements include a lower fence next to Tattooed Moose, permeable paving for the drive and parking, custom bike racks and custom steel bollards that double as lights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the building in one of the second floor offices, we collaborated with Michael Whitfield of Green Roof Outfitters to create a green wall feature on the interior.

 

 

 

The result is another great addition to the neighborhood, adding more life, interest and great food to the already bustling upper peninsula area.

 

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We are excited to see the progress on a great new project in the Upper Peninsula.  Pacific Box & Crate, developed by the RavenCliff Co., will occupy an existing warehouse at the corner of King Street Ext. and Monrovia St.  There are several new buildings designed by LS3P and the Middleton Group under construction as well to create this Mixed Use Campus.  We have developed a unique, high performance landscape that ties together the buildings and provides gathering spaces to compliment them.  Thousands of native grasses and perennials went into the carefully designed rain gardens.  These systems will function to hold and clean rainwater on the site as well as providing habitat for birds and insects.  Unique elements and materials such as custom bike racks, corten steel walls and custom benches add function and fun to the space.

This sketch shows the Boomtown! plaza and rain gardens.  You can see the construction progress below.

 

This is a view between the buildings to what will be the courtyard for the new Workshop restaurants.

 

We’ve designed concrete benches in the form of ‘boxes’ for this courtyard.  Below is one of the boxes being formed.

These great bike racks were custom designed for this project.

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Creative Corridor, Upper Peninsula, NoMo….whatever you choose to call it, the area is transforming at rapid speed.  Our office is excited to call this area home and to be a part of the transformation.  We have been working with wonderful clients and consultants who are committed to bringing quality projects to the area. This location map shows our projects in this area that are either constructed, under construction or on the drawings boards:

Here is a sampling of the projects under construction or on the drawings boards that we’ve been a part of to date:

The future location of Butcher and Bee promises to be a fun and innovative space with unique custom designed benches and lounge space in the courtyard of cobblestone.  Meadows of native grasses and perennials will surround the space and the renovated building designed by David Thompson.  Custom bike racks ensure locals who want to leave their cars behind can, and renovated sidewalks make it easy on pedestrians.  This is sure to be a great new hot spot just steps away from Edmund’s Oast and the offices of Half-Mile North.

Custom Benches Under Construction in the cobblestone courtyard.

Lewis BBQ is just south of Half-Mile North and should be opening soon.  Located on the site of an existing building, the new structure occupies the same footprint, but The Middleton Group has transformed it into an open and airy space. A new courtyard and custom details such as a steel cabinet to hold the wood for the smokers will create a great space for hanging out at lunch or dinner.

 

The proposed Apartments at Romney Street on the former site of Charleston Steel and Metal is being developed by Middle Street Partners and will add a great influx of residents to this area.  With a nod to the former use, the design is trending towards an industrial/garden aesthetic.

Last, but certainly not least, Pacific Box and Crate is planned for an existing site on Upper King Street.  The developers of Half-Mile North, Raven Cliff Co. saw the potential of this space and have a vision for a mixed use campus. It will utilize and renovate the existing Dixie Box and Crate warehouse and add two new buildings with green space and courtyards between them.  It will house office space and a new, innovative dining concept.  It is sure to be a huge draw to this area for entertainment and work and our plans include sustainable design elements such as rain gardens, permeable paving in the courtyards and an innovative design concept unique for this area.

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The great new Brew Pub in the Upper Penninsula, Edmund’s Oast, has received numerous accolades as of late.  As far as we are concerned they are well founded!  The latest mention is in the list of top Drinking Patios.  Having had the opportunity to be a part of the design team on this project, we were quite thrilled with the latest distinction featuring the outdoor seating area.

Edmund’s Oast is one of the tenants in the urban renewal project known as Half Mile North in the Upper Penninsula of Charleston.  We have been the LA for the project from the beginning and with tenants like Blue Acorn and SIB, it has become a great new addition to the urban fabric with a uniquely modern aesthetic.  We collaborated with the clients and architects to create a unique identity for this collection of innovative businesses through the use of sustainable features including native plants, green roofs, hardscape details that include permeable paving, and long lasting, quality materials.

We took our design cues from the architecture both existing and new, the local ecology, and the site’s industrial past to form a vocabulary of custom paving, way finding, plant palette, custom site furnishings such as bike racks, bollards, benches and fencing that creates a unified site identity for the various tenants while still providing unique features for each user.

 

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