All posts by Sarah HAger

DP3 Architects Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Posted on May 13, 2024

DP3 Architects is excited to celebrate 40 years in business this year. What began as a venture by three classmates from Clemson University has grown into one of the most well-respected architecture firms in South Carolina.

In 1984, Mark S. Eggl, Samuel D. Justice, and J. Michael Taylor established Design Partnership, crafting their earliest designs in the confines of a basement, quickly gaining a reputation in the community for impeccable service to their clients, as well as designing buildings that were not only beautiful but functional and efficient. DP3 Architects’ passion for creating unique and innovative lasting designs that give places true functionality and purpose has been present from the very beginning. Some of the firm’s early projects included:

Design Partnership navigated many changes, including a name change to DP3 Architects in 2003 and the transition to its second generation of leadership. Today the firm is led by Mike Pry, Meg Terry, Brian Thomas, and Ben Urueta. Guided by a shared vision, they continue to embrace the needs of an ever-evolving industry.

While evolution is inevitable, what has remained constant is DP3 Architects’ commitment to providing unique architecture, interior design, and planning services that ensure clients’ spaces not only meet their needs but also ignite a greater quality of life. Throughout the years, DP3 Architects has developed an extensive portfolio spanning across their four verticals: community, higher education, hospitality, and interiors. Notable projects include:

These projects vary widely in size, scope, and purpose. What they all have in common, however, is the degree of expertise with which each was designed. The DP3 Architects team prides themselves on technical proficiency and their ability to collaborate with clients with the end goal of creating spaces that serve those who occupy them.

At the heart of DP3 Architects’ success lies its greatest asset: its team. From the most seasoned leaders to the newest hires, the talent and collective passion of the team is what drives the firm forward.

“40 years in business is a huge accomplishment.  We would not be here without the vision of our 3 founding partners, the nearly 200 team members who have walked through our doors, our amazing clients and consultants, and of course this community which continues to support us on a daily basis. We owe each and every one of them our thanks.” – Brian S. Thomas, AIA | Principal & CEO

The firm’s culture and “Architecture-by-Team” approach creates a client and team member experience that has always revolved around a collaborative and fun setting. It is because of this culture that DP3 Architects has recently been named the “Best Architecture Firm in South Carolina” by the Greenville Business Magazine and one of the “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” by SC Biz News. In 2023 they received the “Firm Award” by AIA South Carolina. Looking ahead, DP3 Architects is committed to building upon its legacy of innovation and service, ushering in the next era of design excellence. As they embark on the next 40 years, they remain deeply grateful for the strong foundation of experience and expertise upon which they stand.

“Reflecting on four decades of practice, our journey has been defined by the dedication and collaboration of our remarkable clients and our team. Our longevity as a firm is a testament to the past and current leadership, the talent of our people, and our ability to continue to evolve in the profession of architecture and design. As we commemorate this milestone, we honor not only our past achievements but also the unwavering commitment to our clients and of every member of our team, whose passion and expertise continue to shape the spaces that inspire and endure.” – Meg Terry, AIA | Principal & CMO

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Cherokee County Celebrates New Animal Shelter with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Posted on April 22, 2024

On April 19th, Cherokee County officials, administrators, and community members celebrated the opening of the new Cherokee County Animal Shelter in Gaffney, SC. DP3 Architects had the privilege of designing the 13,732-square-foot facility that was built by Sossamon Construction. The new shelter is now able to house 164 dogs and 70 cats, which is a significant increase from its previous capacity of 28 dogs and 24 cats. The building also features 10 adoption kennels for the Humane Society of Cherokee County.

The Cherokee County Animal Shelter provides a safe haven for strays, surrendered, and lost and found animals. If you want to know more about the shelter, please visit https://cherokeecountysc.gov/animal-control-animal-shelter.

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In Memory of Mark S. Eggl

Posted on March 27, 2024

DP3 Architects mourns the loss of one of its founders, Mark S. Eggl, who passed away on March 17, 2024. Mark founded the firm in 1984 along with two Clemson University classmates; Samuel D. Justice and J. Michael Taylor.  Mark was instrumental in shaping the firm’s culture and dedicated to providing the best quality projects and service to our clients. 

Mark was a do-it-yourself farm boy from Cando, ND whose work ethic set an example for everyone he worked with.  There was no daily task that he was too proud to do if it meant making the firm better. He was a fantastic detailer, able to offer solutions to unconventional problems.  His designs combined simple, well-thought-out solutions, with the desire to always present a client with the unexpected.  Notable projects he led include the Mauldin Sports Center, Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, C.C. Woodson Community Center, Surfside Beach Fire Headquarters, and the Fountain Inn Heritage Museum.

As a mentor, Mark was very generous with his time.  He would always stop what he was doing to answer a question about a project, the firm, or a personal issue that just needed a sympathetic ear.  He was very willing to share his experiences with the young professionals in the office to help them be their best. 

Mark thought of the community as a whole, dedicating his time to charities and causes that he felt passionate about.  As a graduate of both Leadership Greenville and Leadership South Carolina he gained an understanding of issues that affected those around him and did his best as a leader to help contribute to their solutions.

We will remember Mark as a leader and a mentor.  We will remember the way he threw his head back when he laughed, the time he gave to all who asked, and of course, the burgers.  Nobody grilled like Mark!

Our thoughts are with his wife, Carla Ann , daughter Ashley, son Stephen, and their families. 

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ULI South Carolina Tours Future Simpsonville Municipal Center

Posted on February 8, 2024

ULI South Carolina participated in a hard-hat tour of the future Simpsonville Municipal Center on Wednesday, February 7th. The center is currently under construction and will feature a modern city hall, state-of-the-art police department, fire station headquarters, and magistrate and municipal court. The design and construction team provided a behind-the-scenes look at the project and discussed the journey to making it a reality.

The Simpsonville Municipal Center is designed to streamline operations by incorporating the latest technologies. The campus will also include the revitalized Simpsonville City Park, which will serve as a hub for recreation and community gatherings. The park will offer multipurpose fields, playgrounds for all ages, and will be conveniently located near the growing downtown.

We would like to express our thanks to ULI South Carolina and all of the attendees for the opportunity to showcase this project. We eagerly anticipate the completion of Phase One in October 2024. To learn more about the Simpsonville Municipal Center, please click HERE.

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DP3 Architects Receives AIA South Carolina Firm Award

Posted on November 3, 2023

DP3 Architects has received the “Firm Award” from AIA South Carolina, an organization of the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes notable achievements in design excellence, contribution to the profession of architecture, and continuity of service to the public. This recognition is considered the highest honor that AIASC can bestow upon a South Carolina architectural firm.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from AIA South Carolina” said Brian Thomas, Principal & CEO of DP3 Architects. “While this award may have our name on it, it is really the partnership that we have had with our clients that has allowed us to produce designs that we are proud of. This award honors them as well as our 3 founding principals and the nearly 200 team members throughout the years who have helped to build the firm to what it is. As we near our 40th anniversary we look forward to continuing to create meaningful spaces that have a positive impact on our community.”

Established in 1984, the DP3 Architects founding principals sought to create a firm of designers that shared a passion for the craft and a spirit of collaboration. Firm leadership has since expanded to include Principals Brian Thomas, Meg Terry, Ben Urueta, and Michael Pry. Now a team of 35, the firm has retained that creative spirit and a shared value around the philosophy of “Architecture by Team” – a belief and commitment to everyone having a seat at the table to solve problems and deliver transformative designs that connect people and enrich communities. From the very beginning, DP3 Architects’ focus has and continues to be on positively impacting communities. The firm strives to model civic engagement within the industry and beyond through participation, membership, sponsorship, and donation of our time and services.

For DP3 Architects, this award celebrates the firm’s project design work, our dedication to our clients, and a supportive culture created and enjoyed by our team members.

“We are exceptionally grateful to be the recipient of the AIA South Carolina Firm Award,” said Meg Terry, Principal & CMO of DP3 Architects. “This recognition is a coveted industry and professional acknowledgement that speaks to both the culture and the group of talented design professionals that made this award possible.”

About AIA South Carolina: AIA South Carolina is a membership association working to advance the architecture profession in South Carolina. Through advocacy, leadership development, education, and resources, the organization supports architecture professionals throughout the state in designing a better world.  www.aiasc.org

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McCormick County Breaks Ground on New W.S. Mims Community Center

Posted on September 5, 2023

On Thursday, August 31st the McCormick County community gathered to break ground and celebrate the start of the W.S. Mims Community Center renovation. DP3 Architects in partnership with Kuhlke Construction has been selected for this project of significant community impact.

Members of McCormick County Council, the school board, first responders, and members of the community were present to commemorate this event. County Council Chairman, Charles Jennings, led the crowd in Dr. Mims’ lifelong motto, “Good, better, best, never let it rest, until good is better and better best.”  

Mims is credited for creating the black education system in McCormick County, including founding the historic school site dating back to 1954 that now serves as the W.S. Mims Community Center.

The 26,760-square-foot renovation will enhance and expand McCormick’s recreation department’s program offerings with the design of a large community room, new restrooms, renovated locker rooms, multipurpose classrooms, basketball and volleyball court restorations, additional concession areas, a large meeting room, a new cafeteria, and a new parking lot.

It is the County’s hope that the new center will memorialize Dr. William Samuel Mims and his legacy while boosting economic development within McCormick. This community center project will be a well-used amenity and will serve McCormick County residents for years to come. Click HERE to see more of this future project.

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Rupert Huse Veteran Center Ribbon Cutting

Posted on April 20, 2023

Upstate Warrior Solution, a non-profit serving veterans, active military, National Guard, and Reservists in the Upstate of South Carolina, celebrated the opening of the new Rupert Huse Veteran Center (RHVC) Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The RHVC will provide comprehensive services and opportunities to help warriors and their families thrive in their communities. Since 2013, they’ve helped over 8,000 individuals with housing, employment, healthcare, education, and more. DP3 Architects had the privilege to partner with Upstate Warrior Solution to design the new Rupert Huse Veteran Resource Center.

The new space includes a common lobby, coffee/break area, training room, fitness room, and common conference room. In addition to housing the UWS staff, the Upstate Veteran Alliance Network also have a presence in the new resource center. Overall, the UWS plans to use the new center to broaden their reach, increase the number of veterans served, and expand their services.

The design inspiration is centered on the theme of honor. Intricate details like uniform colors and accents are woven throughout the space. Including the feature wall made up of military service ribbons. Soldier portraits, an oversized American flag, and a star-studded donor wall are just a few of the unique elements that make up the space. The materials and finishes are a mix of industrial and soft textures to convey a military-style that’s approachable and feels comforting.

Professional photos to come! For now check out the renderings of the space HERE.

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DP3 Architects Named Small Business of The Month

Posted on April 12, 2023

From fire stations to office spaces, restaurants, and more, DP3 Architects has been designing impactful spaces throughout the Upstate for over 35 years. Founded in 1984, the firm has been built by designers that love the craft and have distinguished themselves in the niche markets of hospitality, community, higher education, and interiors.

DP3 Architects is a dynamic and talented team of 35 professionals that thrive on creating unique, innovative, and sustainable designs that give places true functionality and purpose. We are committed to providing design excellence with attention to quality and service while delivering creative and functional projects for our clients locally and nationwide.

As stewards of our local community, we are passionate about how we can build a better Greenville through the power of design. Our business is about people, the talented ones on our team, and the ones who will live, work, and play daily in the spaces we create. We foster an internal culture that encourages our team to donate their time, skills, and passions to the community through volunteer service. Our firm is heavily involved locally with the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, local farmers market sponsorships, first responder support, the United Way, Front Porch Housing, and the Harvest Hope Food Bank.

The firm’s culture and “Architecture-by-Team” approach creates a client and team member experience that revolves around a collaborative and fun setting. It is because of this culture that DP3 Architects has recently been named the “Best Architecture Firm in South Carolina” by the Greenville Business Magazine and one of the “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” by SC Biz News.

“It’s one thing to win design awards, but this recognition is particularly special,” said Brian Thomas, principal, and CEO. “Most cultures fall from the top down, our strength is that ours is grown from the bottom up. Our team has truly shaped our culture and our leadership is here to help support that.”

It’s a privilege to contribute to the growing landscape of our own Greenville community and we are honored to be the April Small Business of the Month. Thank you to the Greenville Chamber for this recognition. Check out principals, Brian Thomas, Meg Terry, and Ben Urueta receive this award on WSPA. WATCH HERE

People | Places | Purpose

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Donaldson Center Fire Station

Posted on March 6, 2023

DP3 Architects is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Hogan Construction on a renovation and expansion of the Donaldson Center Fire Department located at 2291 Perimeter Road in Greenville, South Carolina. This project will include partial demolition of the existing 1960’s-built station to make way for the construction of a new 4,500 square-foot addition. The new construction will provide ample space for bunk rooms, a larger kitchen and dayroom, exterior patio, support spaces, new office layout, larger fitness room, as well as a state-of-the-art decontamination room and gear laundry space.

The facility will be designed with the newest technologies in fire safety and firefighting equipment, making it a safe and secure environment for firefighters and staff to work, rest, and train in. Whenever a fire district makes an investment into a fire station, they are investing in the future safety of their community and the firefighters that protect it. We are proud to be a part of this project for the Donaldson Center Fire Station and look forward to teaming with Hogan Construction to make this renovation and expansion a success.

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Interior Design Material Boards

Posted on February 27, 2023

Design projects rely heavily on visual tools that illustrate the project’s overall mood and tone. Material boards, or flat lays, are one of the tools designers at DP3 Architects use to hone their visual ideas and convey the look and feel of a space to our clients.

By definition, a material board is an assemblage of colors, textures, prints, materials, or other design elements that evoke the style of a project. These elements may contain samples of; furniture and upholstery fabrics, woods, tiles, metals, stones, and wall coverings that are gathered during the design process and conceptualization stage and serve as inspiration for what the project will look like. Material boards can not only speak to the visual elements of a project, but also the ambiance the designer wants to create. Selecting finishes for a project is more than just finding a color scheme – it’s about selecting materials that will improve the quality of the space and enhance the user’s experience.

Take a look at our curated Pinterest board to get inspiration for your next project.

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Simpsonville Breaks Ground on New Municipal Complex

Posted on February 27, 2023

The new municipal complex for the City of Simpsonville was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony at City Park on Thursday, February 23rd. Mayor Shewmaker described the occasion as “historic” and a symbol of progress and vitality in the community. The complex, which includes a 27,142 sq. ft. City Hall, police department, court building, and a 19,145 sq. ft. fire department headquarters, is being built to accommodate the City’s growth and will also feature a reimagined City Park. The mayor expressed his pride in the state-of-the-art designs and the functional and aesthetic suitability of the buildings. The new municipal complex and renovated park will be a source of pride and essential resources for the community for decades to come and DP3 Architects is proud to partner with the City on this initiative. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2024.

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DP3 Architects Hosts Clemson University Grad Students

Posted on January 27, 2023

DP3 Architects was pleased to welcome graduate students from the Clemson University School of Architecture during their annual Greenville Firm Crawl. This program is sponsored by Graduate Architecture Professional Partnership (GAPP), a student-led organization which seeks to bridge the gap between education and practice in the field of architecture.

Firm crawls like this one can help students visualize what a day in the life might be like for a working architect and find their best fit for an internship or job post-graduation. Principals Brian Thomas and Ben Urueta talked about the firm’s philosophy towards design, collaboration, and office culture. Students also had the chance to tour the office and see some of the architects in action. DP3 Architects was inspired by their enthusiasm and look forward to seeing how they grow within the field.

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DP3 Architects Holiday Food Drive

Posted on December 20, 2022

One in six of our South Carolina neighbors, including over 100,000 children, face hunger daily. Food banks like Harvest Hope help to chip away at that statistic by collecting and distributing nutritious food to food pantries, churches, shelters, and soup kitchens across the state. DP3 Architects hosted a holiday food drive to help the cause and provide meals to struggling families in our community.

Harvest Hope is on a mission to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in South Carolina. They are South Carolina’s largest food bank, providing food for organizations across the state who serve families in need, with special allocations for our most vulnerable residents, including children, seniors, and people in rural areas without access to grocery stores.

If you or your organization would like to donate to Harvest Hope or host your own food drive, information about how to get started can be found, HERE.

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Consumer Picks Report 2022: Bahama Breeze

Posted on December 12, 2022

Nation’s Restaurant News released their 2022 Consumer Picks report on the 11 restaurants with the best ambiance.  Ambiance ties the cuisine, service, and space together to shape the overall dining experience and perception of a restaurant.

DP3 Architects client, Bahama Breeze, made this list, with 73% of consumers rating the brand “above average” or “best in class” in the ambiance category.

DP3 Architects had the pleasure of designing a new, 6,500-square-foot prototype for the Darden Restaurants operated chain. The design captures the essence of the brand, incorporating vibrant materials, finishes, and unique character that create a tropical island atmosphere. As soon as you walk through the doors, you feel a million miles away from home. From the main dining room to the custom bar and patio area, every inch of these restaurants waares thoughtfully crafted with guests and team members in mind.

To read the article and see the other restaurants that made the cut, click HERE.

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DP3 Architects Wins AIA South Carolina Award

Posted on December 5, 2022

DP3 Architects won a Design Award at the American Institute of Architects South Carolina (AIA SC)’s annual awards presented on December 02, 2022. DP3 Architects received a Merit Award in Interior Architecture for the design of the iStore located in Greenville, SC.

AIA SC’s Design Awards recognizes individuals, organizations, and projects exemplifying the very best in architecture. Winning projects are selected by a jury of architects and designers from outside the state in categories including: New Construction, Residential, Adaptive Reuse/Preservation, Interior Architecture, and Unbuilt Projects.

Completed in 2022, iStore’s 4,800 square foot space was designed to bring a renewed sense of brand prominence and to capture new foot traffic with its upgraded downtown presence.  The interior design draws on a Scandinavian aesthetic with a minimalistic style that blends textures and contrasting tones. Products are displayed with sophisticated attention to detail and intentional thought to lighting and presentation.

The custom cash wrap is a focal point of the space. The asymmetric window pattern and dark wood of the “house” provide stark contrast to the order of the showroom. This unique element separates the store from the back-of-house operations and makes a bold statement.

The iStore storefront features clean lines, natural materials, and large windows allowing for an abundance of natural light. Overall, the new store provides a modern and welcoming shopping experience that is designed with both product and customer in mind.

“It’s an honor to have received this recognition,” said Brian Thomas, President of DP3 Architects. “We are proud of this project and the collaboration between our team, client, and construction partners.”

iStore

See more of this project HERE.

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DP3 Architects named “Best Architectural Firm in South Carolina”

Posted on December 2, 2022

DP3 Architects was named “Best Architectural Firm in South Carolina” by the Greenville Business Magazine’s SC Best in Business 2022 Awards.

The Greenville Business Magazine features SC Best in Business awards each year to feature regional businesses in hundreds of categories. Nominees were submitted and voted for directly by the community.

“We are honored to receive the Best in Business – Best Architectural Firm award this year. This recognition validates our commitment to this community and to our clients,” said principal and CMO, Meg Terry.  “Our team and community truly make us the best and we are grateful for their support in this vote for SC Best in Business.”

DP3 Architects was among several state-wide firms nominated in the category and the top three finalists are featured in this month’s issue of the Greenville Business magazine which can be viewed HERE.

On behalf of DP3 Architects, we are grateful for this distinction and look forward to continuing to serve clients across South Carolina and embodying our core values of People | Places |Purpose.

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2022 United Way Campaign

Posted on October 24, 2022

DP3 Architects partnered with United Way of Greenville for its annual giving campaign. For one hundred years, United Way has remained committed to helping people live better, safer, and more successful lives. They rely on local organizations like DP3 Architects to contribute their time, voice, and dollars to grow a stronger Greenville.

In a celebration fit for United Way of Greenville’s 100th anniversary, DP3 Architects held its first Office Olympics! The entire team harnessed their competitive sides as they went head-to-head for mental gymnastics, put their paper airplane construction skills to the test, and worked against the clock to build the tallest marshmallow spaghetti tower.

As a firm that lives and works in the Greenville community, DP3 Architects is honored to partner with organizations that help the firm embody its core values of People | Places | Purpose. Learn more about United Way of Greenville’s mission and find out how you can give back HERE.

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Easley Fire Department Headquarters Recognized for National Award in Major Additions and Renovation Category

Posted on September 29, 2022

DP3 Architects is pleased to announce that the Easley Fire Department Headquarters in Easley, SC was selected to receive a Major Additions and Renovation Merit Award at the FIERO Fire Station Design Symposium in Greenville, SC.

The 16th annual Fire Station Design Awards seeks to recognize excellence in the design and construction of fire stations and related emergency facilities across the nation.

Special thanks to the City of Easley, J. Davis Construction, Britt, Peters & Associates, DeVita & Associates, and SeamonWhiteside for their partnership in bringing this project to reality.

In addition to the award recognition, DP3 Architects’ Community Studio members, Michael Pry and Jared Sang, had the privilege of speaking at this year’s conference. They presented on prioritizing key elements for successful fire station design and later hosted a tour of the new Reidville Fire Station in Reidville, SC.

The 2022 FIERO Conference was a great opportunity to connect with first responder professionals and the civic-focused design community. We look forward to next years’ event.

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DP3 Architects Welcomes Three New Team Members

Posted on September 27, 2022

DP3 Architects is pleased to announce the addition of three new team members.

Brittney Saitta, NCIDQ joins DP3 Architects as the Hospitality Studio interior designer. Saitta brings with her over 15 years of design experience. She has worked in a variety of commercial settings including hospitality, healthcare, higher education, and corporate interiors. Saitta holds a Bachelor of Arts in interior design from the University of Kentucky and holds a National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification.

An Upstate native, Austin Seay joins the Higher Education studio as an architectural designer. Graduating in 2021, Seay received his bachelor’s degree in architecture and design from Clemson University.

Relocating from New Jersey, Daniel Kleban holds a master’s degree in architecture with minors in construction management and art history from Roger Williams University. His previous work experience includes design in hospitality focused commercial spaces and high-end residential design. Dan will be bringing his skills and expertise to the Hospitality Studio.

DP3 Architects is excited to expand the team and we look forward to the contributions these team members will make towards our culture, projects, and mission.

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Kunal Patel Named 2022 Greenville’s Best and Brightest Honoree

Posted on September 9, 2022

Now in its 28th year, the Greenville Business Magazine’s annual Best and Brightest 35 and Under issue honors individuals throughout the Upstate that are making strides in the business community. DP3 Architects is pleased to announce that Kunal Patel, AIA has been selected as an honoree for the 2022 list.

Patel has been with the firm for 7 years and currently serves the Higher Education Studio Leader and was named an associate in 2022. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Clemson University.

“Kunal’s leadership and talent are invaluable not only to DP3 Architects but also to our community,” said Brian Thomas, president and CEO of DP3 Architects. “We are proud to have him on our team and this recognition is well-deserved.”

Patel is actively involved in the community. He has been AIA Greenville member since 2017, serving as both event director and treasurer, as well as volunteering with The United Way. Through his professional practice, he has helped design several community projects including the City of Greenville Parking Services renovation, Clear Spring Fire-Rescue Headquarters, South Greenville Fire Station 74, and the City of Easley Fire Department Headquarters.

“I’m humbled to be acknowledged as one of the Best & Brightest in the Upstate along with the other talented professionals that were selected,” said Patel. “It’s an honor to represent DP3 Architects with this achievement and I look forward to continuing focusing on leadership development and community involvement.”

This year’s ceremony recognizing the Best & Brightest was held on September 14th and all winners will be featured in the September 2022 issue of Greenville Business Magazine.

Click HERE to read more about Kunal Patel.

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DP3 Architects named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina

Posted on July 12, 2022

DP3 Architects, an architecture firm based in Greenville, SC specializing in community, higher education, hospitality, and interior design, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina.

Companies who earn this distinction are chosen in partnership with the publishers of SC Biz News and the Best Companies Group. Now in its 17th year, the list is comprised of organizations who excel in 8 focus areas including work environment, pay and benefits, leadership and planning, and overall engagement.

“It’s one thing to win design awards, but this recognition is particularly special,” said Brian Thomas, principal and CEO. “Most cultures fall from the top down, our strength is that ours is grown from the bottom up.  Our team has truly shaped our culture and our leadership is here to help support that.”

The Best places to Work list features 119 companies across the state that underwent a two-part survey process to be eligible for this honor. This included an in-depth evaluation on workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and processes, and demographics and an anonymous employee satisfaction survey. Based off survey results, final scores are determined and the final rankings for the 2022 Best Places to Work in South Carolina will be announced at the award ceremony in Columbia on August 18th.

“We have always strived to create a strong family culture at DP3 Architects,” said Mike Pry, principal and Community Studio Leader. “Leadership is not about being in charge, but about taking care of those IN our charge. Consistently raising team members up and nurturing their professional growth has been the cornerstone of our firm’s evolution and success.”

As an architecture firm going into its 4th decade, DP3 Architects strives to embody its core values of People | Places | Purpose. The firm is grateful for this distinction and will continue to foster a workplace culture of collaboration and growth.

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Introducing Lauren Bradshaw and Carlo Mellone

Posted on July 7, 2022

It is our pleasure to introduce Lauren Bradshaw and Carlo Mellone as the newest members of the DP3 Architects team. Lauren and Carlo are both recent Clemson University grads with degrees in Architecture. We are thrilled to have these young, passionate, and talented individuals at our firm and we look forward to their contribution to both projects and our company culture. We’re committed to mentoring them to further their craft in the field of architecture and we can’t wait to see how they utilize their skill sets in both the Community and Hospitality studios. Learn more about Lauren and Carlo HERE.

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Brian Thomas Interview with SC Business Review Podcast

Posted on June 24, 2022

Brian Thomas, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and CEO of DP3 Architects, was recently featured on the South Carolina Business Review with host, Mike Switzer. The show is a production of South Carolina Public Radio and focuses on news from South Carolina’s business community with interviews of many small business owners and business leaders from around the state.

Brian and Mike discuss the state of commercial architecture in a post-pandemic world. You can listen to their conversation HERE or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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DP3 Architects Awarded IIDA DesignWorks Award

Posted on May 27, 2022

DP3 Architects is pleased to announce that the Hale’s Jewelers project won in the “Retail Design” category for the IIDA Carolinas Chapter DesignWorks Awards. Congratulations to the design team and Hale’s Jewelers owner, Lucian Lee. The annual DesignWorks Awards celebrates creativity, diversity, and excellence in commercial interior design. We are proud of our team and their efforts to create a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with a bold and welcoming design. Click here to see more of this award-winning project!

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DP3 Architects Welcomes 2022 Summer Interns

Posted on May 26, 2022

DP3 Architects is pleased to welcome three interns to the firm this summer. These architecture students are in the process of completing their master’s degrees from Clemson University and will be bringing their talents to our Interiors, Higher Education and Hospitality studios. Learn a little more about them below.

Laurel Getty, Interiors Studio
Laurel graduated from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS in Interior Architecture. She is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at Clemson University. “I was drawn to both the interior design and architecture professions for how they combine the technical left side of the brain with the creative right side!” When she’s not working or studying, Laurel loves to travel – next on her list is Asia, Antarctica, and Australia!

Madysen Bellanca, Higher Education Studio
Madysen is from Riverside, California and graduated from California Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree is Architecture. She is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at Clemson University.  After being introduced to interior design in high school, she discovered that she liked the ability to create space and moments within it. ”I love how architecture plays a part in everything we see. The importance it plays in society made me want to be able to help play a part in some positive change”. Since moving to the South, Mady loves to try new restaurants and coffee shops in her free time.

Hunter Caine, Hospitality Studio
Hunter is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but is currently pursuing his Master of Architecture at Clemson University. Growing up, he was always interested in Legos and building things out of clay. That eventually turned into an interest in civil engineering and then architecture. He enjoys the “behind the scenes” side of the design process and being able to see a project from start to finish. Outside of work and school, Hunter enjoys working out, sports and hiking.

 

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Hands on Greenville 2022

Posted on May 6, 2022

DP3 Architects partnered with the United Way of Greenville for the 25th annual Hands on Greenville Day. “HOG Day” is the largest annual day of service for the state of South Carolina, with over 2000 participants statewide.

We were thrilled to partner with the Providence Care Foundation, which aims provide the highest level of care to South Carolina seniors and their families regardless of their inability to pay. Our team spent the morning sprucing up courtyards at a local assisted living facility and planting new flower beds which were specially requested by the seniors.

As a firm that lives and works in the Greenville community, DP3 Architects is thankful for opportunities like these to give back. Learn more about the United Way of Greenville and its mission HERE.

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The Club at Keowee Key Ranks 1st Place in The Carolinas

Posted on February 28, 2022

Club + Resort Business posted its list of “Top Ranked Clubhouses” and the Club at Keowee Key was awarded 1st place in North and South Carolina and 38th nationally.

We are proud to have played a role in this Clubhouse Renovation project that delivered a modern-day resort featuring sophisticated venues and diverse indoor/outdoor experiences, while capitalizing on the site views.

“The clubhouse floor plan promotes what we are…. which is the central hub of the community,” says Mary Davis, Club Director. “It satisfies every need with quality spaces for each. You can have an intimate dining in the Cascades or Overlook, a casual meal at The Bistro, large banquets, events or parties in the Vista, and a social dynamic in the Bar, Bar Terrace or on one of the patios simultaneously.”

Combining the bold makeover of the outdated Clubhouse with updating the adjacent golf course was the cornerstone for an ambitious community revitalization. This signaled the client’s intent to substantially elevate the lifestyle experience for current members while creating a major attraction for potential future owners. The objective was a completely reimagined facility infused with contemporary lifestyle and design trends that would speak to the community’s brand.

Modern design and pragmatic function were paramount elements in achieving the project goals. The cohesive design includes a peaked, wood-clad ceiling and expansive rock building façade with angular windows providing a dramatic, yet welcoming portico entrance. The disjointed layout and roofline, a residual of prior renovations, were reconfigured using a hip-roof truss system that not only provided an interconnected blueprint, but also created the opportunity to add the foyer’s towering ceiling and rock wall. These, and the stone-hued quartz reception counter, reflect the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains.

Dramatic rooflines; raised ceilings; open sightlines; and panoramic, indoor/outdoor components in every venue were all on the member must-have list. Expanding bar, dining, and kitchen capacity was vital, and included a desire for a newly conceived neighborhood café, a satellite ballroom bar, and reconfigured casual dining and bar areas.  There was also a need for additional conference rooms, offices, and arts and crafts studio. The incorporation of practical, yet tasteful lighting, effective sound attenuation, protected access, and up-to-date audio-visual capability rounded out the owner’s list of needs.

The new facility vastly improves flow, functionality, operating efficiency, revenue generation, and member satisfaction. All of this was accomplished within the budget and, according to member surveys, has more than met members’ expectations.

Special thanks to Club + Resort Business for the recognition! See more of this renovation project HERE.

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DP3 Architects Announces New Studio Leaders and Associates

Posted on January 5, 2022

Happy 2022! DP3 Architects is looking forward to another year of assisting our clients on projects that will enhance our communities. Fostering opportunities for growth for our team is essential to our core values and helps drive our company culture. DP3 Architects is happy to announce that Rhonda White, Kunal Patel, and Mike Zibert have been named associates of the firm. In addition, Patel and Zibert will be taking on new leadership roles as studio leaders.

Brian Thomas, Principal at DP3 Architects, says, “Rhonda, Mike, and Kunal are perfect examples of defining your own path within the firm.  They earn the respect of their fellow team members each day by how they mentor young professionals, respond to our clients, and embody our core values of people, places, and purpose.  They could not be more deserving of their new roles in the firm, and we are very lucky that they are part of our family.”

DP3 Architects looks forward to seeing Rhonda, Mike, and Kunal continue to grow in the profession and is confident that they will excel in their new roles.

Rhonda L.H. White has been an integral part of DP3 Architects for over 25 years and has worked on significant higher education, community, and hospitality projects including the Music Building addition at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the Legacy Square Office Building. As an associate for the firm, Rhonda will help shape the company culture and work to mentor young professionals.

Michael D. Zibert, AIA will lead one of the firms Hospitality Studios. Mike has been with DP3 Architects for over 5 years and has served as a Design Team Leader for many of our hospitality projects. During this time, Mike has built strong relationships with DP3 Architect’s national and regional clients. Mike’s projects include Mastro’s Steakhouse locations throughout the country and assisting local developers deliver shell buildings for Starbucks. Mike has played a key role in the success of the hospitality studio, and we look forward to his contribution to this leadership position.

Kunal T. Patel, AIA will lead the firm’s higher education studio. Kunal has been with the firm for nearly 5 years and has extensive experience in higher education and community projects. As the Higher Education Studio Leader, he and his team will be creating educational environments that promote learning and inspire creativity. Kunal has consistently shown leadership qualities and treats every client, project, and team member with care.

DP3 Architects is proud of Rhonda, Mike, and Kunal and will continue the long-standing tradition of celebrating and encouraging team members to rise to their full potential.

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Meg Terry Named 2021 Women of Influence Honoree

Posted on November 8, 2021

Meg Terry, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal and CMO of DP3 Architects, has been selected as one of the GSA Business Report’s 2021 Women of Influence honorees. Terry will be among the 25 women recognized at the upcoming award ceremony on December 9th at the Commerce Club in Greenville, SC.

According to GSA, the Women of Influence Award “recognizes the success of 25 area leaders who wield tremendous professional influence while also making a difference in their communities.”

DP3 Architects is grateful that GSA selected Meg Terry for this well-deserved honor. Meg exhibits excellence in leadership within the firm and in her contributions to the community. She continues to raise the profile for DP3 Architects and inspires passion and pride in our team members.

Tickets to the celebratory luncheon can be purchased HERE.

Click HERE to read more about Meg Terry.

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DP3 Architects Wins Two AIA Greenville Awards

Posted on November 2, 2021

DP3 Architects was awarded the AIA Greenville 2021 Merit Award for Interior Architecture for the NOMA Tower Common Area Renovation and the Community Choice Award for the City of Greenville,  South Carolina Parking Services Renovation.

We are extremely grateful to be recognized by our architectural peers and community. In addition, we are also especially proud of the newly registered architects on our team that were recognized at the award ceremony:

Bennett Lochridge, AIA
Johanna Nemetz, AIA
Kunal Patel, AIA
Michael Zibert, AIA

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Meet The Newest DP3 Team Members

Posted on June 21, 2021

DP3 Architects is growing! There are a lot of new faces around the office, and we couldn’t be more exited to introduce our newest team members.

Our firm is centered around the belief that architecture can make the world a better place. Connection happens in the context of spaces that can transform, empower, and restore communities at any scale.

We treasure the community we’ve built within our firm and continue to foster it to be an environment of collaboration. Meet the newest members of the DP3 family!

Janet Colón, Interior Designer
Janet’s favorite part of design is its distinct ability to influence. Design impacts the way people move, think, feel, and use a space. Learn more about Janet here.

Bryce Saunders, Interior Designer
What started as an obsession with Legos as a child, grew to become a passion for architecture and design. Bryce was drawn to DP3 Architects for their core principles of people, place, and purpose. Learn more about Bryce here.

 

Sarah Hager, Director of Marketing
Sarah will work closely with our firm’s leadership to grow our brand’s recognition and reach. Her goal is to help DP3 Architects in connecting and supporting more clients and communities. Learn more about Sarah here.

Cristian Macias, Hospitality Studio
Cristian graduated from Clemson University in 2021 with a B.A. in Architecture and a Business Administration minor. Upon graduating, he immediately joined the DP3 Architects team. Learn more about Cristian here.

Stefan Langebeeke, Hospitality Studio
Stefan graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design in 2019, along with a Master of Architecture from Clemson University in 2021. His passion for architecture is rooted in people, cultures, and the understanding that we all have unique qualities and preferences. Learn more about Stefan here.

We’re still growing and looking for new team members! DP3 Architects is hiring for the following positions:

Architect
Architectural Intern.

Click here to learn more!

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DP3 Architects Chosen for Simpsonville New Municipal Buildings Design

Posted on June 9, 2021

Municipal facilities are more than just a place to conduct business, they are the front porch of our communities where people can gather and feel safe. DP3 Architects is excited to partner with the City of Simpsonville to establish new municipal facilities to enhance, support, and enable the delivery of services to the community.

With a 7-0 vote, City Council accepted the selection committee’s recommendation for DP3 Architects to design a new fire department headquarters and a municipal complex housing both the City Hall and the police department.

We have assembled a team of experienced professionals ready to meet the needs of this project for the City of Simpsonville and we look forward to developing a project that preserves and enhances the existing historic downtown landscape, complements the planned redevelopment of the City Park, and creates a sense of place that is ‘Simply Home’.

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