Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
Florence-Darlington Tech, The Continuum, Lake City Campus
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Florence-Darlington Technical College, The Continuum

The Continuum caters to the educational needs of high school, college, and continuing education students through a range of workforce-focused courses. Programs include CNA, HVAC, welding, manufacturing, truck driving, industrial maintenance, biology, and chemistry as well as dual enrollment courses offered to students in partnering high schools.

Initiated by the Darla Moore Foundation, the Continuum is a regional educational facility for the underserved Pee Dee region. Guided by philanthropist Darla Moore, a native of the area, the collaboration between Florence-Darlington Technical College and Francis Marion University has resulted in an innovative facility within a repurposed retail space.

Through strategic modifications of the former big-box structure, our design creates circulation spaces with flexible furniture to encourage student and faculty interaction. Various educational functions in a cohesive floor plan include classrooms, computer labs, science labs, and workforce development spaces.

An elevated roof with a large-scale glulam structure and wood deck allows natural daylighting into a central corridor. The wood structure and exposed bolted connections give an industrial feel and a sense of rootedness in the natural world. Abundant daylighting is facilitated by large windows and projecting glass boxes around the entire building perimeter. By utilizing traditional building materials like brick, copper, and wood, the design is a modern solution that harmonizes with surrounding structures.

The new campus design was inspired by the region’s rich agricultural heritage. The imagery of deconstructed wood-slat barns permeates the design, from the site plan and exterior façade to interior finishes. The local tobacco leaf, a former cash crop, inspired the various green hues evident in furniture, wayfinding, and murals.

For more information, listen to our series of three podcasts The Continuum: Education Redefined. Hear from the education leaders behind this dual credit, early college, and workforce development model.

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Awarded:

  • AIA SC Design Awards, Honor Award for Adaptive Reuse
  • IIDA Carolinas Chapter, DesignWorks Award for Education
  • Woodworks, Wood Design Awards, Regional Excellence Award\