McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture has received the 2015 Adaptive Reuse Citation Award from the American Institute of Architect’s South Carolina Chapter for work on Spartanburg Community College’s Evans Academic Center.
Originally Spartanburg High School during the 1930s, the Evans Building in Spartanburg’s Central Business District most recently served as office space for several county government non-profit organizations. In 2012, Spartanburg Community College chose the 104,000 square-foot building for its new downtown campus and hired McMillan Pazdan Smith to address the historic building’s restoration.
The building was updated to meet modern codes and has earned a LEED Silver certification.
According to McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, the restoration process involved updating the building’s HVAC, electrical, plumbing and structural systems to meet modern building codes, while maintaining as much of the building’s original character as possible. The interior floor plan was reconfigured to meet modern educational best practices without disturbing iconic historic spaces like the gymnasium, auditorium and entrances.
During the course of the renovation many materials, finishes, architectural elements and features were recreated, repaired or restored, according to McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture. Because the building was a high school from 1922 until 1978, the school’s yearbooks provided numerous photos allowing the design team to replicate original features, including windows and doors, auditorium and gymnasium seating, light fixtures and decorative plaster.
McMillan Pazdan Smith is a studio-based design firm specializing in master planning, architecture and interior design services. South Carolina office locations include Greenville, Spartanburg and Charleston. There also are offices in Atlanta and Asheville.
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