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State Legislature Considers Tax Breaks for Businesses Investing in I-95 Low Income Corridor

By Charleston SC, commercial development, SC

Orangeburg lawmakers introduce legislation to try to give tax breaks to businesses that use the Port of Charleston, and develop facilities within rural areas close to interstates 26 and 95 interchange. The “Port Enhancement Zone Act,” was sponsored by Senator John Matthews (D-Bowman).  The legislation would allow distribution centers and warehouses built in low-income rural areas to claim a $1,000 tax credit for each job created as a result of this development. The tax credit would be good for up…

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U.S. Construction Spending Reaches Highest Level in 10 Years

By Construction

U.S. construction spending rose to its highest level in 10 years, raising economic growth for the final quarter of 2016, according to the Commerce Department (census.gov/construction). Construction spending rose by 0.9 percent to $1.8 trillion, boosted by gains in both the public and private sector investments.  Overall construction spending was up by 4.1 percent from the previous year.  Construction spending in October 2016 was also strong with an increase of 0.6 percent, which prompted economists to raise their gross domestic…

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USC Economists Predict Steady Economic Growth for Charleston in 2017

By Charleston SC, Construction, Economic Growth

Construction projects in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island continue to spur South Carolina’s economic growth. The boost in construction has led to an increase in jobs and demand for housing. This will continue into 2017, according to economists who spoke at the 36th Annual Outlook Conference held at the University of South Carolina (USC). Economic Growth in South Carolina Doug Woodward, professor of economics and director of the division of research at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business,…

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Firm Selected for West Ashley Master Plan Rejected by City Council

By Charleston SC, commercial development, Uncategorized

Charleston City Council voted down the contract with the firm selected to develop the West Ashley Master Plan in late December. Dover Kohl was the planning firm selected by the West Ashley Revitalization Commission. The firm was presented to the City Council as the top pick of a dozen bidders for the project. The selection committee includes three council members and five city employers.  Dover Kohl is known locally for its involvement in the development of the I’On Development in…

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Construction Boom Overwhelms Planning Agencies

By commercial construction, Construction

The Charleston area is experiencing a construction boom across the tri-county area, with construction cranes and bulldozers being seen all over the Lowcountry.  New commercial, industrial, and residential buildings are being built in downtown Charleston, across the river in Mount Pleasant, and up the Interstate 26 corridor from North Charleston past the Summerville area.  The growth in building construction has led to a huge increase in workload for city planners. Municipal planning offices across the Lowcountry are reporting historically high…

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“Live Work and Play” Office Space Popular with Prospective Tenants

By Commercial Space

Office properties in central business districts (CBD) are outperforming those in typical single-use suburban office areas, according to recent trends examined by the NAIOP Research Foundation.  Well-designed mixed use infill projects near central business districts are attracting companies and young educated workers. Bakery Square near downtown Pittsburgh is an example of a successful mixed use redevelopment on six acres of a former Nabisco factory. Tenants of Bakery Square include Google, university medical staff, upscale retailers, and a hotel with a…

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New Construction Booming Along 526 Corridor

By Charleston SC, commercial construction

Office building construction is booming along the Interstate 526 corridor, which connects Mount Pleasant to West Ashley. There are a total of 18 buildings that are immediately accessible to the interstate located on Daniel Island and North Charleston. These two areas have seen the most development, the lowest vacancies, and the shortest leasing period when a new building is completed, according to the 2016 third quarter “Colliers International Research & Forecast Report” on office buildings in the Charleston region. New…

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Tips for Installing a Drop Ceiling

By Construction, Installation

  Installing a drop ceiling can be a big task but there are many advantages to having a drop ceiling. There are major advantages to having a drop ceiling and can have a big impact on your property and work space. Pipes, cables, ducts and any other materials in the ceiling can be covered up easily with a drop ceiling and still be accessible. Also, by installing a drop ceiling, it can make it better for sound reduction. If you…

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What is Civil Engineering?

By Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is the professional discipline of designing, building and maintaining the built environment.  Civil engineering is the discipline responsible for just about any structure you see today that man has created.  Once the days of mud huts and wood homes passed, civil engineers have been needed to help ensure that the structures being built are safe and comfortable for the people that occupy them.  Buildings and bridges are some of the first structures that come to mind when thinking…

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Benefits of Acoustic Ceiling Tiles

By Acoustic Ceilings

If you are considering installing acoustic ceiling tiles in your office or work space it is worth understanding the pros and cons before you make the investment.  Like everything in your business you want your capital to work hard for you and you shouldn’t spend money in an area where you are not going to get the return you hoped for. Acoustic Ceiling tiles have a very specific purpose and should be installed to accomplish very specific goals.  Acoustic ceiling…

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