City of Columbia Water Headquarters

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City of Columbia



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Key Details

  • 15M Project Value
  • 10.5 Acres
  • LEED Gold Certified
  • Adaptive Reuse Honor Award

This project transformed an abandoned 10-acre automobile dealership into The City of Columbia’s Municipal Water-Wastewater Division Headquarters.

South Carolina’s Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented the project with the Honor Award for Adaptive Reuse which recognizes “thoughtful interventions that create synergy between old and new.”  In addition, the project earned a LEED gold certificate from the United States Green Building Council.

Sustainable design elements incorporated in the redevelopment included: the salvage and reuse of 75-percent of recycled site building materials; a green-roof to aid in energy consumption reduction; the removal of 2.5-acres of asphalt to increase green-space; asphalt reclamation to reduce waste export; bio-retention areas for pollutant removal and increased water quality; and pervious pavements to decrease stormwater runoff rates.

Recently, Mayor Steve Benjamin spoke about the project in Austin, TX at the National Civic I/O Mayor’s Summit and said the following:

“This is a classic example of what we can do when we work together and we dream big. [This is an example of what we can do] when we focus on neighborhood revitalization…on sustainability…on preservation and adaptive reuse, and when we focus on just being smart in what we do. This is what happens when you take a piece of property that’s seen better days and decide you’re going to work together and use it to benefit the entire community. This is thinking big. This is thinking about not where Columbia wants to be in 2017 but in 2037…In 50 years, we may not be here, but what we build will remain, and it has the power to demonstrate what is important to us—what matters to us—and whether our communities are prosperous.”  

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