The upstate of South Carolina is a haven for parks and recreation. From the mountains in the northwest to the chain of lakes and rivers along the western boundaries, and back again to beautiful Greenville, there are many needs for recreational buildings and bridges. 

Fuller Group has been working with architects to meet those needs and has been fortunate to have the opportunity to provide major design contributions to parks in the area including Falls Park in downtown Greenville and Heritage Park in nearby Simpsonville. We have also provided numerous park buildings in both Greenville County and the neighboring counties.

In addition to park buildings and bridges, Fuller has designed prestigious clubhouses for nearby golf resorts, facilities for camps in the upstate, clubhouses for community pools, YMCA facilities, private recreational facilities, religious facilities, picnic shelters, and municipal recreational facilities.

Liberty Bridge

  • Greenville, SC
  • Foundation Design: Fuller Group
  • General Contractor: Taylor and Murphy Construction Company
  • Piling Contractor: Wurster Engineering & Construction
  • Superstructure Design: Schlaich Bergermann
  • Architect: Rosales + Partners
  • Construction Costs: $4,500,000
  • Completed in 2004

When the Liberty Bridge design began, the original foundation design came in over budget. Fuller Group was then brought in as a local firm familiar with soil conditions in Greenville to team together with Wurster Engineering & Construction to develop a foundation system that was suitable to the steep embankments on each side of the river. Through innovative approaches, the design-build team was able to reduce the cost significantly.

The foundation system used would need to support the 345-foot-long suspension bridge, which includes a radius of 214 feet. The three primary cable systems that support the bridge could induce a tension force on the sides of the foundations in the range of 1 million pounds, while the bridge deck itself could impart a similar compression load onto the same support. Resisting this torsional effect was critical to the foundation design.

Fuller designed the foundation abutment supports on each end of the bridge that were in turn supported by 46 steel micropiles drilled 70 feet into the bedrock below. To ensure the design was accurate, we employed two design teams to run separate calculations. Once both teams had completed their designs, the structural engineers coordinated their work to ensure there were no miscalculations. In addition to the abutments, we designed the foundation systems for the 90-foot-tall masts and backstays, as well as the adjacent overlook at the park.

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Heritage Park

  • Simpsonville, SC
  • Facilities design for a $7.9 million recreation facility including main activity center, picnic shelters and maintenance building
  • Completed in 2004
  • Architecture by Craig, Gaulden & Davis
  • Recognitions:
  • Merit Award 2007, AIA Greenville Chapter
  • President’s Award 2005, American Society of Landscape Architects

Fuller Group has provided design for many city and county park facilities, but this was one of those rare opportunities to be part of the team developing a park from its initial inception. As noted on our client’s website, the park is centered around “the stone clad CentrePlex, a structure that has offices, toilets, concessions and an arcade.” The CentrePlex was designed with a dramatic cantilevered roof projecting out over tall full-height glass walls. Lateral bracing was achieved through the utilization of cantilevered horizontal diaphragms and vertical masonry shear walls. 

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