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2018 Annual Chapter Conference

April 25-27, 2018
School Safety and Security
R2i2 Conference Center, 763 Fashion Drive, Columbia, SC

Construction to Instruction

2017 South Carolina Chapter / Southeast Regional Conference

April 2-5, 2017
From Construction to Instruction: Building a Plan for Student Success!
Hyatt Regency Greenville, Greenville, SC

Beach Dunes

2016 Annual Chapter Conference

March 16-18, 2016
Building Foundations, Relationships and Learning Environments
Wild Dunes Resort & Conference Center, Isle of Palms, SC

2015 Annual Chapter Conference

March 12-13, 2015
Confluence: Education and Facilities
Hilton Columbia Center, Columbia, SC

2014 Annual Chapter Conference

March 20-21, 2014
Today's Challenge: Tomorrow's Success
The Westin Poinsett, Greenville, SC


2013 Annual Chapter Conference

March 7-8, 2013
The Role of Community Partnerships in Education
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC


Past Events

Fall Meeting

Thursday, December 7, 2017
9:30am – 1:30pm

Jackson Creek Elementary School
7150 Trenholm Road Extension
Columbia, South Carolina 29223

1.5 HSW

Members and Non-Members: FREE
Lunch will be included

Jackson Creek Elementary School Please join us for a tour of Jackson Creek Elementary School, an innovative K-5 school grounded in a Growth Mindset, meaning that all children have strengths and can learn to build on these strengths.

This school, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s style and stained glass windows, highlights the colored flags of the International Boulevard area where the school is sited. Designed for flexibility, 21st century learning and collaboration, this elementary school’s unique design features grade levels grouped in “neighborhoods” where a central “learning hub” area is shared by a group of 5 to 6 classrooms.

“This is an innovative space – we are the Jackson Creek Investigators. The school is designed for children to investigate and collaborate. This is an important part of our school because this is an essential quality in 21st century learning and the expectations of the SC graduates.” – Principal Sabina Mosso-Taylor

9:30 am Registration and Welcome
10:00am – 11:30am Jackson Creek Elementary School Tour
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 1:30pm South Carolina Board Meeting

Learning Objectives
  1. Observe how a LED lit fireplace in the library improves the sense of wellbeing of the young students and encourages to read and learn
  2. Observe how an open-air art classroom helps maintain excellent air quality for the occupants while stimulating their creativity
  3. Observe how the FLW inspired exterior helps the facility blend in with the environment
  4. Observe the solutions adopted to accommodate and enrich special need children

South Carolina Chapter Fall Conference

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
10:00am – 1:30pm

Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) – Endless Possibilities
763 Fashion Drive, Columbia, SC 29229

Download the 2016 AIA/CES Program Completion Form

Richland School District Two in northeast Richland County, South Carolina is home to the brand new Richland Two Institute of Innovation, or more commonly called R2i2. Richland Two has always been a leader in innovation and ahead of the curve in South Carolina when it comes to learning opportunities for students.

Designed by LS3P, and built by MB Kahn Construction Co. Inc. R2i2 is not your traditional school or career center. R2i2 is much more – inspiring innovation and critical thinking. Providing students access to course work that is not offered anywhere else in the district, the two-story student learning center is one of five unique components that comprise R2i2. Designed around current economic needs in the Midlands such as NextEnergy and Supply Chain Logistics, R2i2 utilizes innovative teaching and learning practices – indeed, R2i2 transforms education.

R2i2    R2i2

The R2i2 Central Community Space is truly making a difference. The Richland Two Convention and Conference Center is housed at R2i2, affording the only conference center in northeast Columbia. The center can host conferences, meetings, shows, or even weddings. Additionally, partnering with the Richland Library, the district built a 35,000 sq. ft. library and auditorium as part of R2i2.

The district administrative offices have also found a new home at R2i2. Consolidating staff in the three story 40,000 sq. ft. building, the offices offer a district board room, small meeting spaces, spaces for community services, as well as a commercial kitchen and dining area.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn about design concepts that best support different approaches to learning and new curricula.
  2. Observe the design solutions that are conducive to cooperative learning.
  3. Learn about the planning process that was the foundation of the project.
  4. Understand how the new ways and objectives in education require new concepts in school design.

Members & Non-Members: FREE

Lunch graciously sponsored by:
MB Kahn

Address and Directions
763 Fashion Drive
Columbia, SC 29229

From Downtown Columbia
Take I-20 east toward Florence. Take Exit 80, Clemson Road. Turn left off the exit. Go 4.0 miles and turn left onto Marketplace Commons at the Village at Sandills. (second entrance). Go 0.5 miles and R2i2 is on your right. You may park anywhere in front of building.

From Greenville/Spartanburg
Take I-26 towards Columbia. When entering Columbia, Take I-20 east toward Florence. Take Exit 80, Clemson Road. Turn left off the exit. Go 4.0 miles and turn left onto Marketplace Commons at the Village at Sandills. (second entrance). Go 0.5 miles and R2i2 is on your right. You may park anywhere in front of building.

From Charleston
Take I-26 towards Columbia. Take I-77 North to Charlotte. Take I-20 east toward Florence. Take Exit 80, Clemson Road. Turn left off the exit. Go 4.0 miles and turn left onto Marketplace Commons at the Village at Sandills. (second entrance). Go 0.5 miles and R2i2 is on your right. You may park anywhere in front of building.

From Myrtle Beach/Florence
Take I-20 west towards Columbia. Take exit 80, Clemson Road. Turn right off of exit. Go 3.7 miles turn left onto Marketplace Commons at the Village at Sandills. (second entrance). Go 0.5 miles and R2i2 is on your right. You may park anywhere in front of building.

South Carolina Chapter & Beaufort County School District

October 16, 2015
11:00am – 2:45pm

River Ridge Academy Tour
3050 River Ridge Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910

Please join the South Carolina Chapter and the Beaufort County School District for a tour of River Ridge Academy on October 16, 2015. River Ridge Academy is a PK-8 school serving both neighborhood students and students attending for Choice Programs such as Montessori and Project Based Learning-STEM programs.

This 143,752 square foot building designed by Hite Associates Architects and built by Thompson Turner Construction was completed in an unprecedented 12 month construction schedule. It opened on time and on budget. Its 54 acres includes an athletic complex for baseball/softball, football and a play/practice field.

River Ridge Academy     River Ridge Academy

"What you will see inside," says Principal Gary McCulloch, "is a school that has been constructed, furnished, designed and programmed for what I am most passionate about – and that's kids."

You will also have the opportunity to tour the new May River High School, currently under construction only a few miles away. Also designed by Hite Associates Architects and being built by Thompson Turner Construction, May River High will open in August 2016. Transportation from River Ridge Academy to May River High School will be provided.

AIA CEU's Available

Registration Fees
Member: Free
Non-Member: Free

11:00am Welcome
Hite Associates Architects /Thompson Turner Construction
11:30am Tour of River Ridge Academy
12:30pm Lunch
Sponsored by Thompson Turner Construction
Thompson Turner Construction
1:15 pm Bus departs for May River High School
1:30pm Tour of May River High School
2:30 pm Bus departs for River Ridge Academy
2:45pm Adjournment

Directions from I-95.
Exit 8 (Hwy 278) towards Hilton Head. Exit Hwy 170 – take a right at the bottom of the ramp. Turn left at 2nd traffic light onto Bluffton Parkway. Take a left onto River Ridge Drive and the school will be on the right.

Chapter School Tour & Lunch

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Share Knowledge + Make Connections

Tour an exciting new elementary school!
Tega Cay Elementary School
Fort Mill School District – York Four
2185 Gold Hill Road, Tega Cay, SC 29708

The South Carolina Chapter plans to schedule tours in the fall and late spring to allow our members to witness the types of facilities that other districts are constructing. This is wonderful opportunity for dialogue and learning between administrators, facility representatives, contractors, construction managers, designers and vendors.

Members: FREE / Non-members: $5.00

AIA CEU's will be available!

For more information, please click here.

Golf Tournament

The tournament is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a date later this summer

Fort Jackson Golf

May 30, 2014
Wildcat Course, Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC
Registration 11:30am
1pm Shotgun Start

Lunch provided
Entry Fee: Individual $80 | Team $300

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