Taylors Fire & Sewer District Breaks Ground on New Fire Headquarters
On Tuesday, September 12, 2023 the Taylors Fire and Sewer District held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new fire department headquarters. The ceremony took place at 463 W. Main St. in Taylors, where the new fire department will be built. Fire Chief Bobby Baker, Commissioner Chairman Jeff Hannah, Chris Bowen with Hogan Construction, and Mike Pry with DP3 Architects all gave remarks during the ceremony.
Established in 1958 as a Special Purpose District, Taylors Fire serves a large area that includes a variety of industrial, business, church, school, and residential development. Creating a new headquarters for this growing area of Greenville County will address the facility design needs for the fire department and serve as a beacon of safety and security to the community.
Located at the intersection of a major highway and main street leading to downtown, this new building will serve as a gateway to Taylors, SC. Architectural forms and materials will be reminiscent of the Historic Southern Bleachery Mill, originally constructed in 1924, and the Enoree River train trestle which carried the first Southern Railway tracks from Charlotte to Greenville constructed in 1873. Both have strong ties to the history of this community and are still in use today.
The new 23,050-square-foot fire headquarters will contain administrative offices, a community meeting/training room, three drive-thru apparatus bays and 1 back-in bay, along with firefighter living and work areas. The new campus also includes a new 4,450-square-foot fleet maintenance building servicing apparatus for the entire department.
DP3 Architects is privileged to design facilities that serve local first responders and communities. We look forward to working with the team at Hogan Construction on the Taylors Fire & Rescue Headquarters through the remainder of the design process and through to construction.
Click HERE to learn more about the new Taylors Fire Headquarters.
The City of Rock Hill Announces McGirt Auditorium Renovations
On September 12, 2023, the City of Rock Hill held a ceremony to announce renovation plans for McGirt Auditorium at Emmett Scott Recreation Center. Mayor John Gettys and City Councilmembers Derrick Lindsay and Perry Sutton spoke about the facility’s history, and its impact on the community. City officials and community members demolished a pre-made brick wall in front of the auditorium in honor of the renovations to come.
Prior to being a recreation center, the facility was the first public school for African Americans in Rock Hill. In 1960, the Emmett Scott School opened McGirt Auditorium which was used for homecomings, pageants, student assemblies and performances. The Emmett Scott School was closed when South Carolina schools were desegregated in 1970 and became a recreation center. The center and auditorium have been a place for neighborhood connection ever since. The renovated auditorium will provide a new, modern space for events and conferences, cultural performances, reunions, competitions, and more.
The renovation will consist of updating the existing lobby, restrooms, stage area, stage lights, the sound system, curtains, and dressing rooms. Additional work will include renovation of the existing courtyard with new exterior canopies and landscaping.
DP3 Architects is privileged to design facilities that serve local communities. We look forward to working with The City of Rock Hill on the McGirt Auditorium renovation through the remainder of the design process and throughout construction.
DP3 Architects Proudly Sponsors the 2023 9/11 Stair Climb
DP3 Architects was honored to sponsor the 2023 Greenville City Fire Department 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Fluor Field on Saturday, September 9th. Upstate Firefighters, first responders, and their supporters gathered to participate in this annual event.
The event, organized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is held to honor the New York Fire Department firefighters and first responders who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Participants climbed a total of 110 flights of stairs, symbolizing the 110 stories of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. This physical challenge serves as a powerful reminder of the bravery and sacrifice displayed by first responders on that day.
Donations to the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb help to fund NFFF programs that support fire service survivors and assist the surviving families and co-workers of the 343 firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.
McCormick County Breaks Ground on New W.S. Mims Community Center
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.
Meg Terry Named Women in Business Award Honoree
With nearly 20 years of experience at DP3 Architects, Meg has served in several roles within her tenure including Higher Education Studio Leader, Interiors Studio Leader, Principal, and CMO. Outside of the firm, Meg has held leadership positions within many local and state-wide organizations. She has served as President of both the Greenville and South Carolina chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She was on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Greenville where she served as Communications Vice President. Meg was also a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class 42. Following completion of the program, Meg served as a mentor for the Leadership Greenville, Class 43. She currently serves on the City of Greenville Planning Commission.
Meg leads by example by prioritizing strong relationships, communicating clearly and effectively, and upholding a standard of excellence in her craft. She has always been proud of the company culture she’s helped to foster.
“At DP3 Architects, we hire people for what they know and focus on both encouraging and mentoring them. That support system gives you confidence,” says Terry. Encouraging the personal and professional growth of the next generation of architects and interior designers is one way Meg hopes to raise the profile for DP3 Architects and the profession in general. DP3 Architects was named one of the “Best Places to Work” in South Carolina by SC Biz News and the Best Companies Group. This was a great testament to Terry’s commitment to her team and nurturing the professional growth of others.
The Greenville Business Magazine Women In Business awards annually recognize outstanding professional women who have made significant contributions to their organizations, their professions, and the South Carolina community. “I am proud to see Meg recognized for her role in the Greenville business community and her leadership at DP3 Architects,” said Brian Thomas, principal and CEO of DP3 Architects. “Her commitment to the craft and mentoring others makes a huge difference within our firm and community.”
To learn more about Meg Terry click HERE.
DP3 Architects Makes List of SC “Best Places to Work” for 2nd Consecutive Year
DP3 Architects has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” in South Carolina for the second year in a row. The firm, based in Greenville, SC was ranked among the top 20 in the Small Business category for the entire state. Companies who earn this distinction are chosen by the publishers of SC Biz News and the Best Companies Group.
The 2023 Best Places to Work list features 111 South Carolina companies and organizations that go above and beyond to ensure employees thrive in their roles. Honorees were required to receive an over 80% positive response rate in an anonymous employee survey. The eight core focus areas of the survey included Leadership and Planning, Corporate Culture and Communications, Role Satisfaction, Work Environment, Relationship with Supervisor, Training, Development and Resources, Pay and Benefits, and Overall Engagement.
DP3 Architects’ ranking can be attributed to its creative work culture that encourages collaboration, idea-sharing, and constructive feedback among team members. Leadership at DP3 invests in its employees and the future of the firm by hosting regular team-building activities, workshops, and encouraging mentorship opportunities for young architects. Employees at DP3 Architects also enjoy a range of benefits that contribute to their job satisfaction, work-life balance, and overall well-being.
“Receiving this recognition two years in a row is an incredible honor because it comes from within. To know that our team appreciates the culture that we try to maintain in our firm is very humbling.” says Brian Thomas, Principal and CEO at DP3 Architects. “This award really belongs to them as they are the people that shape our culture and make our office such a fun place to come to every day.”
To learn more about Best Places to Work and see the rest of this year’s winners, click HERE.
DP3 Architects Announces Initiative to Support Local Farmers Markets
DP3 Architects is proud to announce its sponsorship of local farmers markets as a part of a new community-driven initiative, “Market Days.” Aimed at bolstering local farmers markets, this initiative is rooted in recognizing the vital role that farmers markets play in fostering a healthier and more vibrant society. Local farmers markets offer a direct channel for farmers to sell their fresh produce and artisanal goods to local residents. Beyond just being a marketplace, they foster a sense of community, promote sustainable practices, and contribute to the overall well-being of the area. DP3 Architects has committed itself to empowering these important community hubs in the Upstate.
On June 24th, 2023, DP3 Architects was honored to join the Travelers Rest Farmers Market as it’s featured sponsor of the week. The Travelers Rest Farmers Market is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization created to provide a forum for the exchange of local products and goods, as well as educational and cultural activities for increasing knowledge in the local production of natural products, while also fostering a sense of community among the residents and visitors of the Travelers Rest area.
Principal and Community Studio Leader, Mike Pry, was given the honor of ringing the opening bell to kick off the day. The firm’s booth at the center of the market provided a variety of activities for kids. Our team enjoyed helping with a watercolor station and engineering the perfect paper airplane. This market day was especially rewarding for team members who had a hand in the design of the surrounding DP3 projects; The Travelers Rest City Hall & Police Headquarters, The Travelers Rest Fire Station Headquarters, and the Trailblazer Park Amphitheater Canopy.
DP3 Architects seeks to create spaces that foster community engagement and enhance the overall quality of life for the people who work and play daily in the spaces we create. As a firm that lives and works in the Upstate, DP3 Architects is thankful for opportunities to get involved in the communities we serve. In addition to sponsoring the Travelers Rest Farmers Market, the “Market Days” initiative also supports the Greer Farmers Market, the Fountain Inn Farmers Market, and Spartanburg’s Hub City Farmers Market.
DP3 Architects Welcomes 2023 Summer Interns
DP3 Architects is pleased to introduce our Summer 2023 Interns. These architecture students bring their talents to our Interiors and Hospitality studios. Learn a little more about them below.
Laurel Getty, Interiors Studio
Laurel is from Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS in Interior Architecture. She is currently pursuing a Masters 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 – she will be a graduate assistant at the Barcelona Architecture Center during the upcoming fall semester. Being from Music City, Laurel also enjoys going to concerts and seeing live music in her free time.
Diana Courson, Hospitality Studio
Diana is originally from Bradenton, Florida, and received her undergraduate degree in Real Estate and Environmental Design from University of Georgia. She is currently in her second year of the Clemson University Masters of Architecture program. She was drawn to architecture and real estate after watching her dad build houses growing up. “I knew I wanted to be able to play a role in both the creative and business aspects of development, and architecture gives me the knowledge base to do so.” In her free time, Diana enjoys sailing, tennis and pickleball.
Reidville Area Fire Station Wins Design Award
DP3 Architects is pleased to announce that the Reidville Fire Station received the 2022 Building of the Year Award as part of Metallic Building Systems 2022 Design Build Awards. Every year, Metallic recognizes excellent projects that feature their state-of-the-art metal building frame systems.
The design team at DP3 Architects worked closely with the Reidville community and department to create a design that would reflect the rural landscape and complement similar buildings in the area. The side wings of the building are skinned in metal roof and wall panels to match the apparatus bay, giving a unified look to the building. The design team chose durable materials and colors to minimize maintenance costs for the department while ensuring maximum efficiency and comfort.
Rupert Huse Veteran Center Ribbon Cutting
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.
DP3 Architects Named Small Business of The Month
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
DP3 Architects Wins AIA South Carolina Award
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.”
See more of this project HERE.
DP3 Architects named “Best Architectural Firm in South Carolina”
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.
Easley Fire Department Headquarters Recognized for National Award in Major Additions and Renovation Category
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.
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.
DP3 Architects Welcomes Three New Team Members
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.
Kunal Patel Named 2022 Greenville’s Best and Brightest Honoree
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.
DP3 Architects named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina
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.
Introducing Lauren Bradshaw and Carlo Mellone
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.
Brian Thomas Interview with SC Business Review Podcast
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.
DP3 Architects Awarded IIDA DesignWorks Award
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!
DP3 Architects Welcomes 2022 Summer Interns
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.
Hands on Greenville 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.
The Club at Keowee Key Ranks 1st Place in The Carolinas
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.
DP3 Architects Announces New Studio Leaders and Associates
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.
Meg Terry Named 2021 Women of Influence Honoree
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.
DP3 Architects Wins Two AIA Greenville Awards
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:
Meet The Newest DP3 Team Members
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!
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:
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DP3 Architects Chosen for Simpsonville New Municipal Buildings Design
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’.
Michael T. Pry is Named a Principal of the Firm
When Mike Pry joined DP3 Architects nearly 20 years ago, he knew he had found his forever home. Initially starting as a Project Architect, he quickly assumed the role as the leader of the firm’s Community Studio, a role he has maintained ever since; and in 2015, he was named a Senior Associate with the firm.
Mike has always lived by two overarching philosophies—do common things in an uncommon way, and always look for the extraordinary in the ordinary. At DP3 Architects, he found a firm that shared these values.
The business of architecture is about more than just designing buildings, it is about guiding clients in developing a vision for their project, finding new ways to enhance the way they operate, and ultimately creating a building which will improve the community around it. Over the years, Mike Pry has watched the firm leadership constantly strive to go the extra mile to assist their clients from the initial project conception to the turnover of keys.
Brian Thomas, Principal at DP3 Architects says, “We are thrilled to name Mike Pry a principal. He has been one of our most dedicated team members over his 20-year career at the firm and has earned a very high level of respect from both our clients and our team members. His leadership will allow us to continue to grow while upholding our commitment to service and response.”
As Principal, Mike looks forward to continuing the firm’s proud tradition and to expanding his role as a mentor to those just beginning their journey in the profession by helping them imagine new ways of providing architectural services to ultimately improve the community in which we live and work.
Anna K. King has been named Interiors Studio Leader
Anna K. King, AIA, LEED AP has been named Interiors Studio Leader with DP3 Architects. She has been with the firm for 19 years and has since worked on significant higher education, community, hospitality, and interiors projects including the Fountain Inn Museum and Farmers Market, Clemson University Kingsmore Stadium Player Development Center, Anderson University G. Ross Anderson Student Center, Coastal Crust, and more than 3 million square feet of corporate office space. As Interiors Studio Leader, Anna is recognized as an integral member of the DP3 Architects team.
Kunal T. Patel Completes Architect Registration Exam
DP3 Architects, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Kunal T. Patel, AIA has successfully completed the architect registration exam (ARE). Since graduating from Clemson University with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Kunal has been an integral member of the DP3 Architects team. He currently serves in the firm’s community studio acting as Design Team Leader for projects including the Keowee Key Clubhouse Renovation, City of Greenville Parking Services Office Renovation, South Greenville Fire Station, and the City of Easley Fire Headquarters & Operations Facility. The firm extends a well-deserved congratulations to Kunal for obtaining his architectural license.
Simpsonville Arts Center to be Transformed
If you are like us, you are dying to once again experience the excitement of watching an inspiring story played out on stage!
The Simpsonville Arts Center will be transformed to set the stage for theatrical performances, art galleries, and community events. The renovation will start with an overhaul of the building’s auditorium space. The former Simpsonville Elementary School building renovations will include sliding panels over the auditorium’s windows, new seats and lighting, as well as a new lobby with a ticket window and concessions booth. The building will also get all new exterior windows and a new HVAC system as part of the first phase of the renovation project. “It’s a pretty stunning space — it’s just a matter of getting it in a usable form,” said City Administrator, Dianna Gracely. Phase 2 and 3 of the project will renovate the classroom wing and gym.
Our DP3 Family is staying connected while working remotely to keep our teams safe, while also remaining responsive to ongoing project demands. We will be working diligently to stay connected with our valued clients as well during this time and look forward to being able to see you all in person again soon!
21st Annual Holiday Benefit Breakfast for A Child’s Haven
We enjoyed being a part of the magic at the 21st Annual Holiday Benefit Breakfast for A Child’s Haven. The event focused on how we “Build Champions” in our community by investing in the services ACH provides to children and families in our area.
Congratulations to Principal, Meg Terry!
The DP3 Architects Office Upfit won a Citation Award for Interior Architecture from AIASC
DP3 Architects won an award at The American Institute of Architects South Carolina (AIASC) 2019 Design Awards! The DP3 Architects Office Upfit won a Citation Award for Interior Architecture. Congratulations to the DP3 design team!
Clear Spring Fire & Rescue Headquarters Station No. 1 wins F.I.E.R.O. award.
Clear Spring Fire & Rescue Headquarters Station No. 1 has won a Fire Industry Education Resource Organization (F.I.E.R.O.) Recognition Design Award! Congratulations team! Click here to discover how this station went from schoolhouse to firehouse.
City of Easley Operations and Maintenance Facility Groundbreaking
It was a great morning to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new City of Easley, South Carolina Operations and Maintenance Facility and Fire Station Headquarters Expansion project. Thanks to J. Davis Construction, Inc. for live-streaming today’s event.
Grand Opening of the Keowee Key Clubhouse Renovation
This evening we had the pleasure of celebrating the successful completion and grand opening of the Keowee Key Clubhouse Renovation. What an amazing team collaboration! Hogan Construction, Inc Keowee Key Country Club
Meg Terry is featured in TALK Magazine
Happy Anniversary DP3 Architects!
We are happy to have served our clients in the Upstate of South Carolina and across the nation for the past 35 years. Happy Anniversary DP3 Architects! #peopleplacespurpose
Congrats to the 2020 President of the American Institute of Architects South Carolina, Meg Terry
Congratulations to the 2020 President of the American Institute of Architects South Carolina, Meg Terry. It is the mission of AIASC to facilitate dialogue and the dissemination of knowledge that inspires and enables architects, policy makers, and the public to engage creatively and credibly in promoting a better environment and future for all. Meg currently sits on the AIA SC board as vice president/president elect and was elected by her peers to be president for the upcoming term. Congratulations to Meg and thank you for your service to the South Carolina architectural community!
Congratulations to First Community Bank
Congratulations to First Community Bank on the grand opening of their new downtown Greenville location!
Nautic Brewing joins Greenville’s booming brewery scene!
We are thrilled to be working on this project for Nautic Brewing!
SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities Foundation Music Building Addition is starting to rise from the ground
The SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities Foundation Music Building Addition in Falls Park on the Reedy River is starting to rise from the ground. Thanks to Clayton Construction Company for enduring the winter weather to get us to this point!
We are attending the South Carolina City and County Management Association Winter meeting
We are enjoying the views on the evening dinner cruise!
Hands on Greenville 2018
We had an amazing time at Hands On Greenville working to beautify Summit Drive Elementary!
J Michael Taylor and Michael Pry are presenting today at the FIERO Fire Station Design Symposium
J Michael Taylor and Michael Pry are presenting today at the FIERO Fire Station Design Symposium about how to build a winning team (Architect and Contractor) in order to create successful projects. We’re enjoying meeting new folks from all over the country to discuss their department needs.
DP3 Architects, Ltd. Relocates to Accommodate Growth
DP3 Architects, Ltd. is pleased to announce they will relocate to new office space to accommodate the growing firm. The architecture and interior design firm will be moving to the Wells Fargo Center in the heart of downtown Greenville, SC. The move, set to occur December 2017, will be a notable change after being in their current 1890’s Greenville Gas and Electric Light Company building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, for 17 years.
J. Michael Taylor, Managing Principal said, “After a three-year search for the right space, we are thrilled with the location, flexibility, and opportunity for growth that the Wells Fargo Center provides.” DP3 Architects is designing the new space at 15 South Main Street, taking conventional office space and transforming it into an unconventional collaborative workplace. “Our new office space is 30 percent larger than our current office and will offer fresh and trend-setting design, open layout that encourages a collaborative work model, and cutting-edge technology. The space will support our continued growth and provide an inspiring work environment for current and future team members.” said Meg Terry, Principal and VP of Business Development.
DP3 Architects has also been retained by building owner, Caprocq Greenville, LLC; brokerage and property management services, Colliers International; and project management services, LCK to design innovative and modern spaces throughout the building. The redevelopment will include a dramatic facelift to the main lobby and each floor lobby. Onsite retail and restaurants will receive new exposed storefront entrances and a proposed news stand will feature daily conveniences for tenants; transforming the atmosphere from office building to mixed-use centerpiece. “The Wells Fargo Center is a premier downtown building in the center of Main Street. The new 21st century renovations will create an engaging environment for both current and new tenants,” said David Feild, Market President of Colliers International’s office in Greenville, “We are thrilled to have DP3 Architects not only design the renovation, but occupy the building as a high-profile tenant.”
DP3 Architects selected to design Drift Float & Spa
It has been a joy creating the design for this concept and we look forward to the grand opening!
DP3 Architects welcomes JJ Nemetz and Kunal Patel
DP3 Architects welcomes JJ Nemetz and Kunal Patel to our team.
Get to know JJ here! https://www.dp3architects.com/people/jj-nemetz/
Get to know Kunal here! https://www.dp3architects.com/people/kunal-t-patel/
We are attending the SC Fire Rescue Conference
DP3 Architects attends South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs Conference
We’re attending the South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs Leadership Conference and the South Carolina fire/Rescue conference this week to share our fire station design experience. Stop by our booth to say hello and let us help you plan your next station! #scfr17
Our interior design team attends Neocon
DP3 Architects sponsored the AIA Greenville Habitat for Humanity Joe Barron Golf Classic
DP3 Architects sponsored a team at the AIA Greenville Habitat for Humanity Joe Barron Golf Classic today! Good times had by all!
DP3 Architects sponsors Transformation Breakfast
Another year; another Transformation Breakfast hosted by The Family Effect; another inspiring and heartfelt presentation highlighting courage, healing, and hope. We have sponsored this event for the past 5 years, not just because we have provided design services for the organization, but because we feel strongly about what they do to reduce addiction and substance abuse in our community. #thefamilyeffect
DP3 Architects’ gathers after spring clean day at the office
DP3 Architects’ gathering tonight after our spring clean day at the office. Great people, together at a great place, with a great common purpose today.
DP3 Architects is attending the AIA National Conference in Orlando, FL
DP3 Architects is attending the AIA National Conference in Orlando, FL this week with 30,000 other architects from around the globe.
Fellowship Greenville project wins award
We are proud to announce that this project, delivered in partnership with Mavin Construction, has won the 2016 Master Builder Award for The Best of the Large Church Category in the Nation. It also won the Best of District in comparison to all industries across the Southeast!
DP3 Architects’ team is celebrating at the Anderson University President’s Gala
The DP3 Architects’ team is celebrating at the Anderson University President’s Gala tonight being held in our new Student Center project!
Fireforge Crafted Beer is one of our most favorite clients of all time
It is safe to say Fireforge Crafted Beer is one of our most favorite clients of all time. This project is so fun!
Giving back to undergraduate architecture students!
Doodle Park project aims for a unique result!
We’re excited to see the first boxcar for this unique project for The Doodle Trail begin its journey to its permanent new home. For more information on the Doodle Park design by our team and Alta Planning + Design, check out https://www.dp3architects.com/on-the-boards/doodle-park/
Front cover features our project!
Love seeing our designs come to life! This is the front cover of the latest issue of the Clemson University IPTAY magazine, ORANGE: The Experience. Congrats to Clemson Baseball for jumping into the Top 5 in the D1Baseball.com ranking!
DP3 Architects sponsors the Jeff Speck event
Happy to be a sponsor for this event.
We are selected to be part of the Pendleton Street redevelopment project
Brian Thomas represents Leadership Greenville
We’re proud to have Brian Thomas as a member of this year’s class!
Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast
Pleased to have been a sponsor and attend the Allen Jacobs Memorial Prayer Breakfast this morning at Bob Jones University. We are so thankful for the men and women that serve and protect our community.
We are selected to design the new Travelers Rest City Hall
Thrilled to be adding to Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest! Check out this article for renderings of the new City Hall.
CREW Network Winter Leadership Summit in Hollywood, CA
DP3 Architects supports our team members participating in professional organizations. Lisa Dwight, President Elect for Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Upstate, attended the CREW Network Winter Leadership Summit in Hollywood, CA last week.
Landry’s Leadership Summit in Las Vegas
DP3 Architects is at the Landry’s Leadership Summit in Las Vegas this week. Check out this awesome picture of a few of yesteryear’s hospitality signage.
The Fellowship Greenville project was a team effort!
Teamwork…it’s what it’s all about!
We’re proud to support the United Way of Greenville County
We’re proud to support the United Way of Greenville County and had a great time at the Celebration of Giving luncheon today. A special thanks to Lisa Dwight and Rachel Clark for coordinating our campaigns throughout the year!
We are so excited to be part of the Fireforge Crafted Beer adventure!
DP3 Architects Ltd. names new senior associate
DP3 Architects, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Michael T. Pry, AIA, LEED AP has been named Senior Associate with DP3 Architects. Michael is a graduate of Clemson University with a master of architecture and a bachelor of arts in design. He has been with the firm for nearly 14 years.
After only a year with the firm, Michael was named studio leader for the community studio and has since led significant community projects including City of Greenville Public Works, Travelers Rest Fire Station, David Hellams Community Center, Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, and CC Woodson Community Center. As Senior Associate, Michael is recognized as an integral member of the DP3 Architects team.
DP3 Architects Acquires Dailey & Associates and Introduces Interiors Studio
DP3 Architects, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Dailey & Associates has joined the firm to support its new interior architecture/interiors studio. DP3 Architects has been performing interior architectural services for more than 31 years. This expansion gives the firm over 60 years of combined interior design experience related to commercial office, restaurant, healthcare, higher education, and recreation projects.
Meg Terry, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal, will lead the new interiors studio. Debra Dailey and Whitney Swafford, formerly of Dailey & Associates, will join the interiors studio and support the growth of the firm’s new service offerings.
Meg has been with DP3 Architects for nearly 11 years. As principal, Meg has been instrumental in the success of the firm, particularly in the higher education studio which she led for 7 years.
Debra Dailey, IIDA founded Dailey & Associates in 1992. She comes to DP3 Architects with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Converse College, and 32 years of commercial interior design experience. Dailey has always strived to achieve the ultimate combination of functional efficiency and aesthetic appeal on behalf of her clients—values that fit perfectly with DP3 Architects’ people, places, purpose philosophy.
Whitney Swafford joins DP3 Architects with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Winthrop University and 7 years of experience in the industry. Whitney’s experience at Dailey & Associates has positioned her for a seamless transition to DP3’s interiors studio.
DP3 Architects, Ltd. Celebrates 30 Years in Business
DP3 Architects is celebrating 30 years of providing architectural services to the Upstate.
Founded by Samuel D. Justice, Mark S. Eggl, and J. Michael Taylor in 1984, DP3 Architects began in a residential basement with a passion and a vision for practicing architecture rooted in quality and service. It didn’t take long to settle into projects that suited the firm, and consequently their clients, best. Designing innovative and functional facilities in the community, higher education, and restaurant sectors continues to be the firm’s forte. J. Michael Taylor continues to lead the company with three partners, Margaretta L. Terry, Brian S. Thomas, and Benjamin R. Urueta.
Never focused on being the largest firm in the Upstate, DP3 aimed at cultivating a team whose talent, passion, and commitment represented that of its founding members. Having successfully navigated the great recession, DP3 Architects currently employs 25 team members at their headquarters in the historic Greenville Gas and Electric Light building on the National Register of Historic Places in Greenville, South Carolina. DP3 Architects has always believed that a firm must invest time and resources into building an incredible team. In today’s transient business climate of frequent career moves, DP3 is a firm where over 40% of its team members have chosen to stay for ten or more years. This stands as a testament to the team work and integrity DP3 Architects has developed over the last 30 years.
Going forward, DP3 Architects plans to continue to maintain and reinforce strong relationships with their clients and consultants. “Challenges have, and will always continue to present themselves,” said Founding and Managing Principal, J. Michael Taylor. “How we navigate solving those challenges is what determines our success.”
“We are thrilled to be celebrating our 30th year in business, said Taylor “But our focus will remain on our clients. At the end of the day, we are not successful unless we fulfill our clients’ goals and expectations. We do that by designing functional and sustainable buildings based on the needs of the people who will live and work in that design every day.”
The City of Travelers Rest broke ground today on a new fire station.
The City of Travelers Rest broke ground today on a new $2.1 million fire station located at Trailblazer Park. DP3 Architects has been selected by the City of Travelers Rest to provide design services for the new main fire station. The facility will be approximately 14,000 square feet and include four double-apparatus bays along with living, training, and support spaces.
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