Hoffler Place brings the feel of luxury apartments to student living. Owned by Armada Hoffler Properties, Hoffler Place opened in 2019 and is located in Charleston, South Carolina. The 120,000 sq. ft. building houses 74 units ranging from studio to five-bedroom apartments. The modern living space features a second story pool with grilling areas, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a clubhouse with an interior kitchenette. When designing the building, Armada Hoffler Properties turned to LS3P, Lithko Contracting, Inc. and GBA Architectural Products + Services.
LS3P was brought to the project because of their expertise in the architectural design industry, particularly within the City of Charleston, which has some of the nation’s most difficult historic review boards. LS3P was started by Frank Lucas in 1963. Shortly after he was joined by Sidney Stubbs and the pair started the firm, Lucas and Stubbs Architects. The firm entered and won a competition for their first big project, the Municipal Auditorium and Exhibition Hall for the City of Charleston. A number of significant, strategic mergers expanded the firm’s expertise and capacity. With the addition of new partners, the firm shortened their name to LS3P, in 1991. What started as two partners has grown to over 340 employees and multiple locations in the Southeast. LS3P has won over 600 Design Awards and continues to bring innovative designs to the aviation, transportation, office, residential, education, healthcare, hospitality, and religious industries.
Local concrete contracting firm, Lithko Contracting was sought after for this project because of their skillfulness in the industry. Lithko Contracting was founded in the 1990s, and the company has added 17 additional locations. When it came to adding Precast Concrete Panels to the second story pool area of the Hoffler Place, Lithko Contracting turned to GBA.
GBA has many years of experience prefabricating these precast and paver panels, and other light penetrating systems. Incorporated in the Hoffler Place project, each panel weighed over 2,000 pounds and required a tower crane to lift the panels over the 6-story building. The design intent was to set the panels next to the pool, in their private Clubhouse area, so natural light could shine through the glass pavers into the interior spaces below. As the nation’s largest installing distributor of glass blocks and glass bricks, GBA was able to collaborate with LS3P to create unique living experience for all residents.
*Design and Photography Provided by LS3P