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McMillan Pazdan Smith Moves into New Studio at Morrison Yard in Charleston

By mcmillanpazdansmith1
Sep 15, '23 8:51 AM EST
Morrison Yard in Charleston. Photo by Sky Eye Images.
Morrison Yard in Charleston. Photo by Sky Eye Images.

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture (MPS), a leading architecture firm in the Southeast, moved its Charleston studio from its previous location at 121 Calhoun Street to the new Morrison Yard Office Tower--the landmark sustainable development overlooking the Cooper River at the base of the Ravenel Bridge.

The move reflects the firm’s commitment to collaboration and community engagement, as well as its prominent place in helping shape Charleston’s future. The new studio will provide a flexible and inspiring work environment for the firm’s team of architects, designers and planners, who have been involved in many notable projects in the city, including The Cooper Hotel, 677 King Street and The Kempton.

MPS has had a presence in Charleston since opening their first Lowcountry location in 2001. Over the years, the firm’s Charleston studio has grown to include experts in planning and design for healthcare, K-12, higher education, civic and commercial projects—and over 40 full-time local professionals. MPS has also contributed to the booming economic development of the region by designing over six million sq. feet of manufacturing and corporate industrial space in the greater Charleston metro.

MPS Charleston team members hold a meeting by the large windows of the new 6th floor studio. Photo provided by MPS.

The MPS interior design concept for the Charleston architecture and planning firm’s new studio prioritized collaboration and meeting flexibility. In addition to convertible workstations for standing or sitting, there are four client conference rooms, four smaller team “huddle” rooms, and a large town hall area off the open kitchen for all-hands meetings and presentations. Two soundproof booths by the large windows can be used for focused work or distraction-free calling.

The MPS Studio Entrance at The Morrison Yard. Photo provided by MPS.

The tower at Morrison Yard is part of a larger mixed-use development that includes residential, retail and hospitality components. The MPS move means other businesses will have the opportunity to secure the three-story, class-A office space with on-site parking that it’s vacating. “While we’ve been busy designing the interiors of our new space to welcome clients to Morrison Yard, we’re also excited to see who takes advantage of our Calhoun Street location,” says Paulette Myers, Principal and MPS Charleston Studio Director. While MPS simply outgrew the historic building that has been its Charleston headquarters since 2016, the charming, move-in-ready building provides rare walking access to some of Charleston’s most popular restaurants, hotels, shopping, and attractions.

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture is excited to serve its clients and continue supporting the local community from its new studio overlooking the Charleston harbor and peninsula.

“Charleston is a national treasure,” says Myers, “we’re honored to have such a talented and visionary team who love shaping its future and being a part of the local community.”