Drayton Mills Elementary School. Photo by Kris Decker/Firewater Photography.

ENVIRONMENT

Spartanburg District 7 recognized for commitment to green building

Drayton Mills Elementary School, which opened in August in Spartanburg District 7, recently received a Green Globe certification through the Green Building Initiative. The honor demonstrates the school’s commitment to environmental efficiency, and it encourages energy conservation, reduced water consumption, and the responsible use of materials. McMillan Pazdan Smith, the school’s architect of record, led the sustainability efforts.

The team minimized the building’s footprint on a compact site through the two-story floor plan. The open-play classroom neighborhoods utilizing daylight and high-efficiency LED lighting, as well as local dimming, group switching, and occupancy sensors, are all key elements of the light-reduction strategy. Other sustainable elements are included in the HVAC, roofing, water system, composting, and landscaping.

EDUCATION

Wofford to construct student residence hall

Wofford College recently announced plans to construct a new 150-bed student residence hall, Jerome Johnson Richardson Hall. The residence hall, located in the heart of campus, will be named in honor of the donor. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring where Andrews Field House now sits, and completion is scheduled for fall 2020. Jerome Johnson Richardson Hall will also house student activities facilities on the main floor. This will be the first student housing built on campus since 2011.

“We are excited about the new Jerome Johnson Richardson Hall and appreciate the extraordinary generosity of Mr. Richardson in providing funding for this much-needed facility,” President Nayef Samhat said in a news release. “The facility not only will change the face of the college in many positive ways, it will provide beautiful living quarters for our students and create new spaces for student activities.”

FUNDRAISER

Leadership Greer Class 39 announces community project

Leadership Greer Class 39 recently announced its community project, which includes plans to pursue funding for sensory equipment at Chandler Creek Elementary. Outdoor sensory paths will be installed in the play area to create a “sensory oasis” for children in need of releasing energy and refocusing during the school day. While benefiting all children, the area will especially benefit children with sensory processing disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and trauma. After school, the sensory paths will be available to all children in the Greer community.

“We are excited to be partnering with Chandler Creek Elementary School for our class project this year,” Class 39 president Jeff Howard said in a news release. “With your donation, we will be able to provide sensory paths, furnish a sensory room full of therapeutic resources, and install fencing to safely enclose the outside play area.” The class fundraising goal is $50,000 to complete the project by May 1. The biggest fundraiser, The 15th Annual Oyster Roast, will be on Feb. 22. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at greerchamber.com.

HOUSING

Iberiabank contribution to help with the effects of gentrification in Greenville

Iberiabank recently donated $5,000 to Homes of Hope to combat gentrification in the community. Homes of Hope strives to develop safe, energy-efficient, affordable homes. The organization also provides homes that low- to moderate-income individuals and families can be proud of.

“Ensuring the future of affordable housing in Greenville is a concern for many and one that IBERIABANK is committed to helping city and local leaders solve,” Sam Erwin, IBERIABANK’s executive vice president and Carolinas regional president, said in a news release. “Partnering with Homes of Hope gives us another opportunity to positively move the needle in providing much needed affordable housing in Greenville.”

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