1890 Conference Center South Carolina State University
Elloree, South Carolina
Located on the grounds of the historic Camp Harry Daniels, this 270 acre "learning laboratory" hosts university functions including camp facilities, a leadership training multipurpose arena, a lake, recreational playing fields and nature trails. This was the first opportunity of this historically black institution to have an office campus facility to support adjutant activities.
The Conference Center includes a meeting facility for 350 persons and cabins for 32 persons totalling approximately 15,000 S.F. The meeting facility and the cabins are align along the due north axis in order to take advantage of maximum daylighting at the continuous clerestory beneath hovering roofs at the main meeting space.
The main meeting facility overlooks a lawn that slopes to the lake upon an extraordinary view of the grounds while the cabins are nestled in a thickly wooded area of the site. The program of the meeting facility is layered along the north axis moving from an exterior terrace to an interior sitting space. From the interior sitting space one moves through a thickened masonry core that houses services spaces and into the meeting hall. The thickened masonry core is accented by the concrete brick columns on the lake side of the building.
The four individual cabins contain four sleeping rooms each. The concrete brick piers at the cabins support primary circulation and accent thickened masonry cores that house support spaces and service elements.
A line of concrete brick columns supports marks this axis beginning at the entry porte-cochere and continues to the interior of the building to become primary structural elements support steel roof beams. These columns then continue along the axis to the exterior to support a steel framed canopy above a wood-framed boardwalk that leads to the cabins. The concrete brick piers also serve as landscape elements which marking the northward trajectory.