Chandler Center for Environmental Studies

Spartanburg, South Carolina


McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture


Wofford College


20,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team
McMillan Pazdan Smith: Ron Smith (Principal in Charge); Cary Perkins (Project Manager); Mike Goll (Project Architect); Tina Jensen, Perry Hammond, Kirk Martin, Richard Howell (Project Designers); Missy Games (Interior Designer); Ed Reeves (Construction Administration). Britt, Peters & Associates (Structural Engineer); Crow & Bulman Engineering (Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer); Matrix Engineering (Electrical Engineer)

The Chandler Center for Environmental Studies is Wofford College’s new academic building and home to the school’s Department of Environmental Studies. The building hosts laboratory space, seminar rooms, classrooms, faculty offices, outdoor patio, garden space, and greenhouse. Sustainability features include rainwater capture, a partial green roof, extensive use of daylighting, and rooftop solar panels. The building uses pre-fabricated mass timber beams and panels for the structural design, reducing the structure’s carbon footprint and shortening construction time. The project was a successful collaboration between the college and architect; faculty and administrators engaged throughout the design process. A major goal of the project was creating a building that would function as a teaching tool. Toward this end, Chandler features exposed, color-coded utility lines to teach students how the building’s mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems function, and dashboard monitors were installed to show the building’s energy and water consumption. Chandler is Three Green Globes certified, only the sixth new construction project in South Carolina to achieve this certification at the time the project was completed.

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Carpet by Milliken
Ceramic Tile by Ludowici
Door Hardware by Sargent
Elevators by Otis Elevator
Insulation by Dow
Movable Partitions/Walls by Hufcor
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Roofing by Johns Manville
Windows by YKK
Lighting & Accessories by Delray Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Finelite
Emergency Lighting by Emergi-Lite
Classroom Furniture by HON
Classroom Furniture by Ghent
Computer Furniture by HON
Computer Furniture by Ghent
Lounge Furniture by Allsteel
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Allstate
Office Furniture by Allstate
Science Furniture by Biofit
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Science Furniture by AMCASE
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Sloan Valve
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Ghent
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