The design program was simple: restore the High School of Charleston. The high school was built in 1922 and closed its doors in 1984. The building had suffered extensive fire damage, as well as damage from Hurricane Hugo. The building is on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. The restored high school would be occupied by the College of Health COST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational Interiors2006 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation and would again be used as a teaching facility.
The design saves the existing exterior skin, which originally was load-bearing walls, and restores them to original condition. The four walls created an exterior courtyard in the center of the high school. These restored walls now act as a brick veneer wall supported by the new steel structural system. To capture as much usable space as possible, the architect created an atrium from the open courtyard by adding a ceiling and skylight to create a conditioned space.