Wofford College’s Chandler Center for Environmental Studies has received national attention for its design and sustainability features.
Two architectural publications, Building Design + Construction and the American School & University’s architectural portfolio, have recognized the building with a pair of awards.
The 20,000-square-foot building opened in 2020. Its design and construction included the latest building sustainability features, including systems capturing rainwater for irrigation, a partial green roof and solar roof panels. It’s one of six new construction projects certified with three Green Globes in South Carolina.
In early December, Building Design + Construction recognized the Chandler Center for Environmental Studies with its Silver Building Team Award. “A project and presentation that check all of the boxes for me. A well-planned, collaborative effort that serves a purpose, is environmentally conscious, and [will teach] future generations,” one of the publication’s judges wrote in describing the building.
The building is also featured in the November/December issue of American School & University and received its Louis I. Kahn Citation. The magazine’s jury characterized the building as, “An excellent example of how a building is the third teacher, supporting the curriculum of the facility, incorporates sustainability and flexible design.”
The Chandler Center for Environmental studies was made possible because of a gift from Delores and Harold Chandler ’71. Harold Chandler is a trustee emeritus at Wofford.
McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture designed the building; Britt, Peters & Associates was the structural engineer; Crow & Bulman Engineering was the mechanical and plumbing engineer; Matrix Engineering was responsible for electrical engineering; and Robins & Morton was the general contractor and construction manager.