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Old Posted Mar 1, 2008, 12:06 AM
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COLUMBIA, SC | The Tower at Main & Gervais Streets | 226 FT / 69 M | 17 FLOORS

The new Main & Gervais Office Tower is situated on one of the most prominent sites in all of downtown Columbia, the corner of Main and Gervais Streets, overlooking the South Carolina State Capital Building. As if the grounds of the capital were extended across Gervais Street, the existing public plaza along the tower’s South-facing façade has been refurbished with new landscaping and lighting, creating a park-like setting for the new building. The plaza can be enjoyed by passers-by on a daily basis and can also be the venue for more formal gatherings.
The eighteen-story, 200,000 square foot tower has been designed to respond to the prominence of its important setting. In addition to office space for several well-known members of the downtown Columbia business community, the building program includes a lobby-level branch bank, a signature restaurant with outdoor dining on the plaza, and a 540-space, six-level parking garage. The tower’s simply sculpted form, sheathed in all glass, makes a powerful statement on the city skyline that can be seen from multiple vantage points. The façade facing the Capital has been articulated with vertically-accented aluminum mullions to express both the prominence of the site and the height of the tower.
While the Gervais Street façade of the tower fronts onto the plaza and overlooks the Capital, the main lobby entrance fronts onto Main Street. This allows the building to reference both the importance of being on Main Street while addressing the Capital Building and maintaining direct access to the public plaza. The addition of a two-story tall terrace on the first office level, approximately eighty feet above the plaza, accents both the Main Street lobby entrance and the verticality of the tower. Views from the terrace across the plaza to the Capital grounds will be unparalleled in all of downtown. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2008. It will be 226 feet tall when complete.

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Actually, this tower will be 19 stories. Another rendering:

     
     
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i like the 'hole' in the side of the building. is this the outdoor dining area? or is that area on the backside?
     
     
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The outdoor dining area will be in the plaza between this new building and the existing one to the left, fronting the State House.
     
     
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Ground broken: 17-story tower set for Main

By JEFF WILKINSON - jwilkinson@thestate.com



An Atlanta developer Tuesday broke ground for a 17-story, $57 million office tower at the high-powered corner of Main and Gervais streets across from the State House.

The Gervais & Main tower, being built by Holder Properties, will house three of Columbia’s premier firms: Edens & Avant real estate development and management company, National Bank of South Carolina and McNair law firm.

The tower is good news for Main Street after SCANA announced it will move its headquarters across the river to Lexington County and iconic Main Street clothier Lourie’s decided to close.

“It’s a sign of the strength of downtown even in a tough economy,” Columbia Mayor Bob Coble said.

The three firms will fill all of the office space in the 400,000-square-foot tower, making it a safe bet for Holder president and CEO John Holder even in a shaky economy.

“It’s about having three great, well-capitalized tenants,” Holder said prior to a lunch for 300 of the firms’ employees on a steamy, tented parking lot at the site on Tuesday. “It was a fairly easy deal once all three were in the boat.”

The new tower is a power bond for the three firms and a bit of one-upmanship on their competitors.

Law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough partnered with BankMeridian in the Meridian tower on Main Street in 2004. And the Nexsen Pruet law firm moved into the new First Citizens building on Main Street in 2006.

But the new tower’s location across from the State House is a trump card, especially for NBSC and McNair.

“It’s one of the most high-profile corners in our state,” NBSC president and CEO Chuck Garnet said.

It also shows the home-grown firms intend to stay put even as SCANA — the state’s only Fortune 500 company — leaves downtown.

“This building is a commitment to the community,” said McNair CEO Bill Youngblood.

The firms will abandon space in their current downtown homes — two on Main Street and one at Gervais at Sumter streets.

Matt Kennell, of City Center Partnership, which guides investment in the Main Street area, said it will create more affordable space for other firms to move in.

“It’s a move up market,” he said. “Rents will be more competitive.”

But Holder said the gaps created by SCANA’s departure and the new buildings will only be filled by new downtown workers.

“With office, it’s all about job creation,” Holder said.

Construction of the 400,000-square-foot building will begin next month and will be completed in December of 2009.

The glass and steel tower will feature a two-story main lobby featuring NBSC and a restaurant. The building will also include six levels of hidden parking and nine stories of office space.

It is the fourth Holder properties project in Columbia.

Holder also built the Meridian Building and the Adesso condo development on South Main across from the USC campus.

Construction of the 388-unit Assembly Station apartment complex at Assembly and Whaley streets is under way.

While the two office projects are rock solid with pre-signed tenants, Holder admitted the apartments are “speculative” and the condo project has moved slowly. Only 15 percent of the 110 Adesso units have sold, he said.

“A lot of people are going to wait and see” how the economy shakes out before starting other major developments, Holder said. “Everyone is cautiously optimistic, but nobody thinks it’s going to pick up quickly.”

Reach Wilkinson at(803) 771-8495.


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• Floors: 17 — nine for offices, two for the lobby and six for parking

• Total space: 400,000 square feet (Would be the city’s fifth-biggest office tower.)

• Key tenants: McNair law firm, National Bank of South Carolina and Edens & Avant real estate development

• Timetable — Construction starts July 7. First tenant moves in December 2009. Other tenants follow in 2010.
     
     
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I actually walked by the Site on Monday, Pearl Jam Concert in Columbia. I tell you this, the City needs more Boom. I really did not like the city, but it was fun for a day.
     
     
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What do you mean by more "boom"?
     
     
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Who is the architect for this tower?
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Great to see my former home getting some more density...though I wish someone would take the plunge and build something a little taller.
     
     
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Duda Paine Architects out of Durham, NC, the same firm that designed the First Citizens headquarters building.

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Two construction pics of the Tower at Main and Gervais from a gallery in yesterday's edition of The State newspaper:



     
     
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Photo taken last week, courtesy of IRR-SC at UrbanPlanet:

     
     
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