Herbert Center Renovation


South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind | Spartanburg, SC

DP3 Architects provided design and renovation services for the Herbert Center Renovation project for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. The 83,270-square-foot Herbert Center renovation project encompasses overall improvements to this educational building which also includes student housing, a gymnasium, kitchen, and dining room. In addition, the project includes mechanical, electrical, and accessibility improvements; as well as the design of a new two-story wing to accommodate student housing and physical, occupational, and speech therapy space.

The construction for the Herbert Center at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind received 35 LEED Points earning the renovation and addition a Silver Rating under the LEED version 2.2 New Construction. The main goal for the school was to deliver them a building that performed with minimal consumption of natural resources. A life-cycle analysis of this project determined that the return for the construction would pay back in approximately 20-25 years. As this was mainly a renovation, achieving daylighting was a challenging endeavor, but we were able to earn views for 90% of spaces. The project has achieved a LEED Silver designation.