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North & South Carolina Chapters Joint Virtual Fall Event

December 3-4, 2020

Please participate in our joint event! You will have the opportunity to acquire more in-depth knowledge for your profession through live and recorded sessions. We offer 15 AIA credits and attendance certificates. Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Creativity. Curiosity. Imagination— The Changing Tides of Education

2019 Annual Chapter Conference

March 18-20, 2019
Creativity. Curiosity. Imagination— The Changing Tides of Education
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC

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

Past Events

Fall Tour

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Anderson Institute of Technology
315 Pearman Dairy Road
Anderson, SC 29625

Anderson Institute of Technology

Registration for attendees is FREE, but you must register!

Members and Non-Members: FREE
Sponsorship (includes free registration): $250

9:00 – 10:00 am Registration & Breakfast
Sponsored by: HG Reynolds Company, Inc.
HG Reynolds
10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome
Mr. Wess Grant, President of the SC Chapter of A4LE

Pledge of Allegiance
10:15 – 11:00 am Anderson Institute of Technology
Presenters: Mr. Tom Wilson, Superintendent of Anderson School, District Five
Dr. Bob Couch, Executive Director of AIT
11:00 – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 1:00 pm Overview of School Design and Tour of School Facility
Presenters: Mr. Michael Chewning, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture; Mr. Leland Reynolds, H. G. Reynolds Company, Inc.; Mr. Wess Grant, Assistant Superintendent for Anderson School, District Five

2.0 LU

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the process of community collaboration to establish the programming requirements to serve the local industry partners.
  2. Examination of the program requirements associated with the different career clusters in the curriculum and how they are incorporated into the design.
  3. Provide an understanding of the differences between a CATE center and a traditional educational facility.
  4. Review the specialty systems and equipment incorporated into the design.
1:15 – 2:00 pm Lunch
Sponsored by: McMillan/Pazdan/Smith Architecture
McMillan Pazdan Smith
2:00 – 2:15 pm Business Meeting
2:15 pm Adjourn

Thank You to our Sponsors!
Edifice Inc Harper HG Reynolds MB Kahn McMillan Pazdan Smith

Fall Tour

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Friends of A4LE,
It was good to have you with us yesterday at Rudolph G. Gordon Elementary for the SC Chapter Fall Tour. Special thanks go to superintendent Dr. Burke Royster, staff of Greenville Co. schools, principal Ms. Jackie Parker and our twin school ambassadors Ashley and Kaleigh who helped us with the tour and their perspective of "school life". Thanks also to Kahn Construction, Contract Construction and McMillan Pazdan Smith for being our sponsors for the day. The networking with each other was engaging and central to our mission of school design, use of space and build. The site tour and manufacturing theme of the school that will be integrated with the NEW Fountain Inn High School adds to preparing all students to be college and career ready.

We hope we can call on you to be key participators at our spring conference in Charleston on March 17-20, 2019. Look for coming news on the A4LE website.

Best to you and your family this Thanksgiving.
Tom Siler, Chapter President

Rudolph Gordon Elementary School
Greenville County Schools
1507 Scuffletown Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681

Rudolph Gordon Learning session and school tour of Rudolph G. Gordon Elementary School, followed by lunch.

Greenville County Schools decided to convert Rudolph Gordon Elementary School to a K-8 facility and dramatically expand capacity to 1,600 students, an increase of 750 seats. Partnering closely with McMillan Pazdan Smith on the project, the district organized the design intent around their academic program and curriculum — a project-based learning environment with emphasis on teamwork, group projects, and career-focused technology. Read more »

2.5 LU Credits

Members and Non-Members: FREE
Sponsorship: $250

9:00 – 10:00 am Registration & Breakfast
Sponsored by: M.B. Kahn Construction
MB Kahn
10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome & Introduction of A4LE
Welcome by Dr. Tom Siler, President of the SC Chapter of A4LE
Pledge of Allegiance
10:15 – 10:30 am Update on South Carolina Chapter Business
Reports from attendees at the LearningSCAPES2018 Conference in Chicago and update on the 2019 Spring Conference
10:30 – 11:00 am Most Likely To Succeed Video Documentary
(15 minute clip) explores new approaches to learning and how your work supports the Education Community
11:00 – 11:20 am Break
11:20 am – 1:00 pm Overview of School Design and Tour of School Facility
Presenters: Mr. Michael Chewning, Ms. Paulette Myers, McMillan/Pazdan/Smith Architecture and Mr. Terry Mills, Director of Construction for Greenville Co.

2.5 LU

Learning Objectives:
  1. Examine the effectiveness of dividing learning spaces into pods that have equal easy access to labs.
  2. Observe how the use of outdoor learning spaces is successfully impacting student learning outcomes.
  3. Learn about the challenges of incorporating large manufacturing equipment into a school setting where safety concerns are emphasized.
  4. Observe how the new additions were integrated with the existing facilities
1:15 – 2:00 pm Lunch
Sponsored by: McMillan/Pazdan/Smith Architecture and Contract Construction
Contract Construction McMillan Pazdan Smith
2:00 pm Meeting Adjourned

Thank You to our Sponsors!
Contract Construction MB Kahn McMillan Pazdan Smith

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.

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