Q+ Now Hiring Project Manager/Architect

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Quackenbush Architects + Planners is seeking a Project Manager/Project Architect to join our creative and collaborative team of design professionals.

Quackenbush Architects + Planners is seeking a Project Manager/Project Architect to join our creative and collaborative team of design professionals. We focus primarily on high-performance design solutions for educational and institutional clients. We work closely together in a studio environment, with opportunities for meaningful engagement throughout all phases of planning, project design, and construction administration. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, responsible, and interested in quality work.

Preference will be given to applicants who have:
• earned a professional degree in Architecture 
• worked in the profession for 5-7 years
• obtained (or begun working towards) an architectural license


OR, to those who have comparable credentials and experience which qualifies them to assume project leadership roles right away. Revit experience is a plus. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, work samples, and a statement of design philosophy to info@quackenbusharchitects.com.

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Quackenbush Architects Receives AIASC Honor Design Award at Virtual Celebration

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COLUMBIA, SC – Quackenbush Architects + Planners received a 2021 American Institute of Architects South Carolina (AIASC) Honor Award for New Construction for its design of the new Heyward Career & Technology Center Culinary Arts Addition in Richland County School District One. 

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Q+ President Doug Quackenbush Named To SC BIZ 2021 Architects Power List

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Congratulations to Doug! View the full SC BIZ 2021 Architects Power List here.

A Clemson University graduate, Doug Quackenbush has been practicing architecture in South Carolina for more than 37 years. He formed Quackenbush Architects + Planners in 2004, with a focus on educational, workplace and community projects. The firm has completed nearly 300 projects since its founding.

He currently serves as a member of the board of directors and preservation committee chair for Historic Columbia; member of the board of directors for the 701 Center for Contemporary Art; co-chair for the S.C. Architectural Foundation; and regional governor for the Southeast Region of the Association for Learning Environments. Quackenbush previously served on the Columbia Design League board, Community Design Center board and the Clemson Architectural Foundation.

His work has received more than 40 design awards and has been the subject of regional and national publications. He’s also served on design awards juries for both chapters of the American Institute of Architects and Historic Columbia. A licensed architect, he is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional. He is a past president of the American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter and recently served as chair for the S.C. Center for Architecture Steering Committee.

Quackenbush received the AIA SC Presidential Citation Award in 2019. He also received the Cathedral Building Award from City Year Columbia in 2018.

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Q+ Welcomes New Marketing Coordinator

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COLUMBIA, SC – August 5 – Quackenbush Architects + Planners is pleased to announce and welcome Tori Stewart as its marketing coordinator.

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Quackenbush Architects Receives Historic Columbia 2021 Preservation Award for Rosewood Elementary School Library Revitalization

COLUMBIA, SC – Quackenbush Architects + Planners received a Historic Columbia 2021 Preservation Award in May for its revitalization of the Rosewood Elementary School Library in Richland County School District One.


 

Awarded each year in celebration of Preservation Month, the prestigious Preservation Awards recognize local projects and leaders that have maintained or added to Columbia and Richland County’s historical, architectural and cultural heritage.

The Quackenbush project entails a renovation and addition of a new, innovative educational space for Rosewood Elementary, a 400-student school, which outgrew its original 1930’s-era design. The addition includes a modern reading room, conference areas and maker space, all with flexible furniture and soft seating. The new flexible, daylight-filled design is meant to accommodate the ever-changing needs of students and faculty. Penn Contracting, LLC, was the contractor for the project.

Historic Columbia praised the new addition’s siting to minimize visual impact on the original structure. The preservationists also highlighted the addition’s deep red brick and shingled hipped roof to complement the original structure. They noted that “the circulation along the exterior and interior of the glazing is very strong” and commended the “nice composition” on the front entry and west elevation’s façades. In particular, the organization said, “The interiors have a great color palette and we appreciate how the colors speak to nature. These interiors create a really nice color scheme for wayfinding.”

“This year’s Preservation Award winners showcase the building owners, developers, architects and contractors who make historic preservation a reality through their time, talents and funds,” said Robin Waites, Historic Columbia executive director. The Quackenbush team was one of four recipients of the Revitalization (all categories) award. Other awards given were for Preservation Leadership; Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (residential); and Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (commercial, institutional, rental or municipal). "

“The Quackenbush team is honored to be recognized for our work in celebrating Columbia’s rich architectural history, says Quackenbush Architects + Planners President Doug Quackenbush. “We believe this project will benefit our community for future generations.”

Quackenbush Architects + Planners is a full-service architecture and planning firm located in Columbia, SC. The firm specializes in institutional, civic, educational, and commercial projects. Its services span from building design to land planning to interior design. The firm’s portfolio includes projects for universities, cities, colleges, government agencies, school districts, and private clients. The team’s work reflects commitment to innovation, sensitivity to our regional context, and the richness that comes from collaboration with our clients and the community.

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Quackenbush Architects + Planners Announces New Intern Architect Hire

COLUMBIA, SC – May 25, 2021 – Quackenbush Architects + Planners is pleased to announce and welcome Juan Contreras to the Q+ team as a new intern architect.


 

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Quackenbush Architects + Planners Announces New Intern

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COLUMBIA, SC – May 12 – Quackenbush Architects + Planners is pleased to announce and welcome William Scott as a summer intern in its office. Scott completed his junior year at Clemson University where he is majoring in Architecture with a minor in Sustainability.


 

"Adaptable, low-cost housing that considers our changing climate is a major issue that more architects will need to consider in their designs. Architecture is about serving the public and communities for the greater good and for the impact it can have."

Born and raised in Clinton, South Carolina, William Scott is most interested in how architecture can be used to promote social justice and equity to improve the quality of life for a community’s most vulnerable individuals as well as to help reduce the world’s carbon imprint.

It’s the sustainability and community-focused element that drew him to Quackenbush, he says. “I’m excited to be here. Quackenbush is a close-knit team dedicated to building healthy and special environments in South Carolina. Establishing my presence at a firm where I know everyone’s name and they know mine is very important to me.”

In spring 2020, Scott completed his junior year at Clemson University where he is majoring in Architecture with a minor in Sustainability. He says was drawn to the field when he saw Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao’s Affordable Housing Project, a low-cost house design that can be easily adapted to a growing family and altered using different materials and spatial layouts to suit Mexico’s diverse regional climates. “The changing climate is a major issue that more architects will need to consider in their designs,” he says.

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Q+ Expands Leadership Team: New Firm Associates

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  07 December 2020, Columbia, S.C.​— Quackenbush Architects + Planners named Robyn Rogers and Spencer Hutchinson ​firm associates​, expanding their roles to reflect the firm’s growing list of projects and clients. 

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Quackenbush Architects Receive 3 2020 AIA Columbia Design Awards

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COLUMBIA, SC – Quackenbush Architects + Planners received three American Institute of Architects Columbia awards for its innovative work on the Center for Health and Well-Being at the University of South Carolina, a Richland School District One addition to the Heyward Career Center, and its re-design of Boyd Plaza in Columbia. The annual awards, presented at the 2020 AIA Columbia Design Awards ceremony on November 5, recognize distinguished architectural achievements throughout the Midlands and honor collaborative efforts that improve environments and the quality of life through design excellence.

Quackenbush Architects + Planners received an AIA Columbia Merit Award for its work on the new University of South Carolina’s Center for Health & Well-Being in Columbia. The 68,0000-square-foot facility, designed in collaboration with Perkins & Will, creates a “campus centered around wellness,” promotes healthy living, has high benchmarks for sustainability, and is a model for university health centers nationally. It forms the edge of a major pedestrian corridor with a transparent facade and comfortable lobby that draws students in and encourages them to linger.

The jury praised the pedestrian passageway and noted that “the circulation along the exterior and interior of the glazing is very strong.” They also remarked on the “nice composition” on the front entry and west elevation’s façades. In particular, they added, “The interiors have a great color palette and we appreciate how the colors speak to nature. These interiors create a really nice color scheme for wayfinding.”

Quackenbush Architects + Planners also garnered an AIA Columbia Citation Award for the design of a Culinary Arts lab addition to the Heyward Career & Technology Center. The contemporary space features three-large stainless-steel cooking suites to enhance visibility and communication between instructors and students.

Jury members noted, “The design of this addition brings a very elegant simplicity to the exterior composition and is a great addition to the campus. The windows into the kitchen make for a wonderful place to be, and we really appreciate how the natural light penetrates through the space. This small-scale element has a powerful impact on the look of the campus.

Q+’s popular renovation of Boyd Plaza on Main Street in downtown Columbia — and developed for The Darnall W. and Susan Boyd Foundation — won the AIA Columbia People’s Choice Award. The firm replaced an existing outdated plaza with a totally new design featuring two pavilion structures, one of which includes a roof and skylight, flexible options with vertical screens, and a spill out space for functions connected with the adjacent Columbus Museum of Art. The second pavilion invites community use as a place to rest or picnic, and as a stage for events.

Nearly 600 community members “liked” Boyd Plaza on Instagram, noting its design and much-needed community gathering space in the heart of the Main Street District: “A special place in the heart of the city.” “Very cool!” “Beautiful!” “A very special place - gets my vote!” The Columbia Museum of Arts remarked, “Big thanks to The Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Foundation Inc. and @quackenbusharchitects for this gift to the city!”

“We’re honored and proud to receive these design recognitions from our AIA jury and also from the community,” says Q+ President Doug Quackenbush, AIA LEED, AP. “The response reflects our team’s efforts to collaborate and create designs that have integrity and that serve our communities well.”

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Robyn Rogers recognized as one of Columbia's Best & Brightest 35 and Under!

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COLUMBIA, SC - September 24, 2020 - Congratulations to Robyn Rogers for being recognized as one of Columbia's Best & Brightest of 2020!

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New "Lexington Elementary School 13" now has its official name

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COLUMBIA, SC - September 1, 2020 - Piney Woods Elementary School is now the offical name for the new elementary school in Chapin, SC.

Lexington-Richland School District Five’s new elementary school in Chapin will now be named Piney Woods Elementary School. The Board of Trustees approved the name of the district’s 13th elementary school during its regularly scheduled meeting on August 24.

The school’s principal, Cassy Paschal, presented the name to the board for their approval on behalf of superintendent Dr. Christina Melton. Paschal led a committee of seven individuals who were tasked to come up with a name.

Per school board policy FF, “a committee of seven or nine people will be appointed to recommend names to the board. ...The committee will bring their recommendations to the superintendent. The superintendent will forward the recommendations of the committee to the board with his/her recommendation.”

“This naming process has been full of research and collaboration from the community and stakeholders,” Paschal said. “Chapin has a long-standing history and the Chapin area of Lexington County has been called Piney Woods for hundreds of years. I look forward to teaching our students the history of our school name and welcoming our community as the first principal of Piney Woods Elementary School.”

The committee will also help develop a logo, school colors and a mascot, while collecting input from the community on these next steps, Paschal added. Piney Woods Elementary School in Chapin is slated to open in the fall of 2021. 

“The naming of Piney Woods Elementary School is an important step in creating the identity and sense of community for the school,” Melton said. “We celebrate the collaboration, we celebrate this work of Ms. Paschal and the committee, and we celebrate the approval of the school’s name… Piney Woods Elementary School.” 

Additional information is available on Lexington-Richland District Five’s website: https://www.lexrich5.org/pineywoods

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Quackenbush Architects Receive 3 Design Awards at AIASC Annual Meeting

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COLUMBIA, SC – Quackenbush Architects + Planners received three American Institute of Architects, South Carolina Chapter (AIASC) awards for its innovative work on two University of South Carolina projects and one Midlands Technical College facility. The annual awards, presented at the AIASC 2019 Design Awards ceremony on September 26, recognize the very best of architecture in the region, with the aim of honoring design excellence in the profession and increasing public awareness of architectural practice.

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Quackenbush Architect Robyn Rogers Named to The State's 2019 "20 Under 40" Class

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Quackenbush Architect Robyn Rogers Named to The State's 2019 "20 Under 40" Class

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COLUMBIA, SC – March 24, 2019 – Robyn Fisher Rogers, AIA, LEED Green Associate Architect at Quackenbush Architects + Planners, has been named by The State newspaper to its “20 Under 40” class for 2019, for her accomplishments as a young professional in the Midlands.

The annual program, now in its 16th year, recognizes area leaders under the age of 40 who are making a professional and personal difference in their communities. A licensed architect since 2011 and a Columbia native, Robyn says the honor is especially significant because it recognizes her contributions to a community she has grown up in.

 “Being a part of the Midlands’ transformation, and seeing people live and work in spaces I’ve helped develop in my hometown, is incredibly rewarding,” she says. 

As project architect, Rogers has had a significant role on several Q+ projects, including the USC Long Family Football Operations Center, USC’s Center for Health and Well-Being, and the Lexington County Baseball Stadium. She is currently leading the team on Richland School District One’s Rosewood Elementary Library Addition, Charleston County School’s James Island Charter High School CTE and Competition Gym Additions, as well as on Furman University’s Men’s Lacrosse Locker Room Renovations.

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Quackenbush Architects Wins 3 AIA 2018 Design Awards!

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COLUMBIA, SC - Nov 1, 2018 - Quackenbush Architects + Planners is thrilled to announce how Chapin Middle School, the Russell House Leadership & Service Center, and the Student Health Center at the University of South Carolina have all earned an AIA achievement!

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UofSC wins the rare Active Minds Healthy Campus Award!

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COLUMBIA, SC - May 23, 2018 - Quackenbush Architects + Planners is thrilled to announce how the University of South Carolina has earned a rare national achievement!

UofSC is the only college in South Carolina — and one of only seven in the nation — to win the national Active Minds Healthy Campus Award. Recognizing the healthiest college campuses in the U.S., the award celebrates institutions that demonstrate excellence in prioritizing and promoting the health and well-being of their students.

Many thanks to USC for letting us be a part of this experience! 

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LR5 New Middle School Groundbreaking

Administrators, board members and School Improvement Council members gathered Thursday in Chapin to break ground at the site of Lexington-Richland School District Five’s new middle school campus. While they dug into the earth with ceremonial shovels, construction crews continued to clear and level land for the new home of local students.

“We are excited about the minds that will be shaped here,” said Mark Bounds, district chief information officer.

The yet-to-be-named school is the last one scheduled to be built with proceeds from the 2008 bond referendum and will be next to Spring Hill High School and Center for Advanced Technical Studies on Broad River Road.

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