SCUP Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component
College of Charleston
Photo by Paul Burk
Ayers Saint Gross; Biohabitats, Inc.; GEL Engineering & Environmental, LLC; Aiken Cost Consultants, Inc.; DWG Engineering; ADC Engineering
“ . . . furthers the opportunities for teaching in new ways . . . preserves the beauty of the region . . . nicely executed restoration . . . ”
In 1995, naturalist John Henry Dick bequeathed historic Dixie Plantation to the College of Charleston Foundation. The college’s vision was to restore Dixie Plantation to the donor’s intended purpose as a “conservationist’s classroom,” offering experiential learning about the importance of environmental protection and conservation. The challenge was to preserve the unspoiled natural setting while providing new educational facilities for students and faculty. The resulting plan preserves the serene beauty of the landscape while creating a sustainable “living laboratory” for students of multiple disciplines, and positions the college for national distinction in environmental education and sustainable studies.