Thursday, February 7, 2013

WPi Provides Master Planning to TCL

The grounds offer gorgeous live oak specimens and water views.

One of sixteen colleges comprising the South Carolina Technical College System, the Technical College of the Lowcountry traces its origin to the Mather School founded in 1868. The college is a comprehensive, public, two-year college dedicated to serving the diverse educational needs of the rural counties of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper. The College annually serves approximately 10,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non-traditional, full-time, and part-time.

The current grounds of the Beaufort campus.
With a 90% employment rate for its graduates, the TCL enrollment numbers are healthy and steadily growing each year.  The College is in position to become the region’s premier academic institution and a leading partner in the region’s economic development.  In order to create the most vibrant learning environment possible, TCL hired WPi to update their campus Master Plans, and to craft a method for optimizing current and future land resources available to the Institution. 

Along with team members WTS Architects,  WPi analyzed and evaluated the proficiencies and deficiencies of the College’s main campus in Beaufort,  SC and secondary campus in Bluffton, SC. Academic, support and housing facilities along with infrastructure, utilities and transportation needs were all considered when crafting the plan to prepare the campus for future growth. 

The team coordinated with College leadership to fully understand their vision for the campus and possible land purchases, composing a stratagem to guide the development of an environment attractive to educators, students and community members. Multiple meetings with the College staff, adjacent land owners, local and state government entities and the general public were held, resulting in a consensus plan which fortifies TCL’s role in the region.

1st and 2nd photos provided by The Technical College of the Lowcountry.