Fuller Group has provided structural design for a large number of public and private institutions throughout its history. From a grass-roots high school facility in Oconee County, GA to the most recent historical renovations and additions to Neville Hall on the Presbyterian College Campus, our engineers have been providing structural design services on a vast variety of educational buildings for many years.

School design often offers our engineers and designers the opportunity to provide engineering design for buildings that affect our neighbors and friends throughout Georgia and the Carolinas. Our staff has had the good fortune to be able to provide the designs for facilities that are then used by teachers to instruct our staff’s own children. It is this sense of contributing to the community that makes the structural engineering for schools especially rewarding.

With the retirement of some of our primary clients involved in public school design, the firm’s focus in recent years has been for private schools (primary and secondary) as well as for technical schools and colleges. In addition, Fuller offers building envelope design services for educational buildings.    

Presbyterian College – Neville Hall Renovation & Expansion

  • Clinton, SC
  • Nearly 40,000 SF of renovations and multi-story expansion to existing office/classroom space
  • Colonial Style, Georgian Architecture originally constructed in 1907
  • Applying for LEED Certification
  • To be completed in 2017
  • Architecture by Craig Gaulden & Davis, Greenville, SC

This project presented a unique opportunity to renovate a historic structure on the beautiful campus of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.  Fuller Group’s scope of services included the structural design of various components within the renovated original structure.  The most prominent feature was the reopening of the original rotunda from the ground level up through the 3rd floor that was infilled during earlier renovations in an effort to maximize the office space within the building.  Determining the existing framing schemes and construction techniques of the original construction and subsequent renovations proved to be quite challenging as the design team worked to incorporate the new structure into the existing.  Another major interior renovation included the demolition and reframing of the existing 2nd floor above the new auditorium.  The existing wood framed floor was demolished and replaced with a new steel framed system.  Considerations of framing layout were made with an eye towards the difficult erection challenges that would be encountered due to the constraints of the existing exterior walls.

Beyond the renovations to the existing structure, the major structural scope consisted of the design of a three-story addition to the back of the existing structure.  The addition was to serve as classroom and office space for the liberal arts college.  The addition totaled nearly 16,000 sf and is to be LEED certified.  The superstructure consisted of a steel frame with concrete slabs on metal form deck supported by wide flange beams and girders.  The addition was isolated from the existing construction via an expansion joint at the interface of the new and existing structures. 

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North Greenville University

  • Tigerville, SC
  • Student Activities Center/Dining Hall
  • Residential Halls
  • Billingsley Performing Arts Theatre
  • Todd Prayer Chapel
  • Craft/Hemphill Center
  • Renovations to existing academic, administrative and athletic facilities
  • Architecture by Robert C. Cashion, Architect

As North Greenville University has grown over the past fifteen years from a small college to a bustling dynamic university campus, Fuller Group has been privileged to provide structural engineering services for many of the new facilities, as well as renovations to some of the existing buildings. Working as a member of a larger team serving the University has allowed us to develop the long-term relationships that are beneficial in understanding the school’s needs and architecture.

Fuller has provided structural services for the University from the design of renovations to the historical J.H. Roe & Co. building in 2002, to the recent completion of the beautiful Todd Prayer Chapel. Some of our employees’ children have previously graduated from the University, and one is currently a student there, which makes the design of these structures even more personal.

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