Wofford College looked to the preservation expertise of McMillan Pazdan Smith to support their acquisition and vision of an interdisciplinary academic center to house their new Environmental Studies program.
As a clear example of creative historic preservation and sustainable design, it offers a significant learning experience for both the college community and the surrounding neighborhood. The Center not only restored the 1902 Glendale Mill Office Building to an exciting new use, but also opened the beauty of Lawson’s Fork Creek to the public ? hidden from view for 100 years.
A significant transformation was necessary to create a fully restored, sustainable building from the dilapidated structure. The most pressing renovation issues were repairing structural damage and meeting LEED requirements in a historical context.
?McMillan Pazdan Smith collaborated with Wofford to create a building and surroundings that would engage our students and that would become a learning tool in itself. No architect can surpass their understanding of the complexities of preserving and restoring historic attributes of such a facility.?
– Dr. Benjamin Bernard Dunlap, President