Bishop Gadsden Cottages
Architect: RLPS Architects
Owner: Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community
45,000 sq ft
Just south of downtown Charleston, South Carolina lies Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community. This 'down-south' retirement community sits on 46 acres of pristine South Carolina woodlands. The new projects at Bishop Gadsden include the introduction of an entire community, 6 homes with a variety of options perfect for the independent living market.
Structurally, the challenges that affect Bishop Gadsden affect all of this part of South Carolina. They are in a high seismic areas and high wind velocity zone. These two things require a higher level of detail and coordination from the design team and specifically the structural engineer. The construction of the two-story townhomes is wood bearing walls with wood trusses at the floor and roof. Monolithic concrete slabs were utilized to support bearing walls as well as the brick ledge at grade.