Friday, August 06, 2010
The 2010 American Institute of Architects South Carolina (AIASC) Design Awards jury has granted Watson Tate Savory Architects a Citation Award for Lowman Hall Rehabilitation. The awards process is competitive and receiving an award is a prestigious honor. Typically, fewer than ten projects win from a field of several hundred submitted statewide.
John Smalls, senior vice president of finance, facilities and management information systems at SC State, is excited about the University garnering such accolades. “This award has great significance because during the restoration of Lowman Hall, painstaking details were given to ensure its historical integrity,” says Smalls. “This award also exemplifies our intense interest in preserving the history and culture of this historic campus.”
Lowman Hall epitomizes the history of SC State. Originally built by students in 1917 as a male dormitory, the building was designed by former President Miller F. Whittaker who served in this capacity from 1932 to 1947. Lowman Hall was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Lowman Hall has now been renovated, including a restoration of original interior finishes and extensive exterior rehabilitation. Now housing administrative offices, including the President’s Office and the Board of Trustees’ suite, Lowman Hall officially opened in January 2010.
The Citation Award for Lowman Hall Rehabilitation will be presented on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the AIASC Design Awards in the Marriott Beach and Golf Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.