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The Continuum

Lake City, SC
  • Bldg system

    Mass Timber

  • No. Of Stories

    1

  • Sq. footage

    46,592

The Continuum is an innovative campus serving college, continuing education, and high school students in northeast South Carolina. After exploring options, the design team chose to renovate an existing Walmart shell adjacent to downtown Lake City—but they added a unique structural solution. The roof of the central corridor was replaced with a large mass timber structure. Comprised of glulam columns and beams and nail-laminated timber decking, the addition allows daylight to penetrate to the center of the former retail floor. From the site plan and exterior façade to the interior finishes, the design is inspired by the imagery of the region’s deconstructed barns. As visitors approach the plaza, the view down the road reaches a reflection pool that runs under an extended overhang of the soaring NLT deck and into a green space intended for art installations. By strategically dividing and removing some of the existing structure with the glulam clerestory, the design creates circulation spaces flooded with light that invite students to gather. Linked by these open spaces, the building incorporates multiple educational functions into one cohesive floor plan.

  • Construction Cost:

    $25 Million

  • Construction Type:

    IV-HT

  • Building Type:

    Educational

  • Material Types:

    Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT), Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT), Heavy Timber Decking, Hybrid (wood with steel or concrete)

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