New Regional Career Center in Heart of Downtown North Charleston

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson, in association with Red Iron Architects, was selected by Charleston County School District to design a new 90,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Studies (C.A.S. Center). The facility, located in the downtown area of North Charleston, SC., is one of three regional career centers in the District.

Students can now attend the Center during the day to enhance their skills in the fields of Architecture and Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications, the Health Sciences, S.T.E.M., and Information Technology (IT).

The facility is designed to accommodate programs that align with immediate employment opportunities, the state’s technical school programs and four (4)-year university programs as well.

State-of-the-Art Research Labs, Studios and Classrooms

The full Architectural and Engineering Scope of services included planning and programming, the assistance in the development of education specifications, spearheading community and local business/industry engagement, as well as architecture, interiors, structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering. Specialized spaces include high-bay facilities for HVAC; Automotive Collision Repair; Mechatronics; Electronics and Building Construction; and labs for Biomedical Engineering, Cyber Security, Computer Repair, and ‘Project Lead the Way.’

Additional spaces within this new building include state-of-the-art research labs/studios, a technology hub, flexible classrooms, an administrative suite, maker spaces, a large two-story exhibition space, 150-seat lecture hall, Nursing Suite, the District’s A/V Department, career guidance area, a cafe, and more.

The new Cooper River Center for Advanced Studies has a strong connection with the community, providing a space for local business and industry partners to not only teach but lead by example.

The new Cooper Center for Advanced Studies offers high-bay facilities for Auto Collision Repair, Mechatronics and Building Construction; labs for S.T.E.M. classes, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Cyber Security, Computer Repair, and ‘Project Lead the Way’ classes.

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson worked with Women-Owned Business and Charleston-based architectural firm, Red Iron Architects, civil engineering firm Hussey Gay Bell (HGB), and mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection firm Owens & Associates.

ClientCharleston County School District LocationNorth Charleston, South Carolina Project Size90,000 square feetServicesArchitecture, Interior Design

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