Higher Education


Penny Hall

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC


Coastal Carolina’s Penny Hall is a 52,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the University’s Wall Building and opposite Brittain Hall. The building functions as a multidisciplinary center for study, housing 60 faculty and administration staff offices for various departments including Computer Science, RSM, Psychology, and University Honors, and includes sixteen 25 – 35 seat classrooms and labs. In addition, Coastal’s ITS Department has been relocated to the first floor, comprised of offices/workstations for 44 staff, and the campus’ newly upgraded Data Center made visible through a fully glazed corridor wall. Offices, classrooms, and meeting rooms feature abundant glazing both inside and out, allowing natural light to flood corridors and ancillary spaces. Seating areas and “collaboration zones” encourage informal discussion and are incorporated along circulation paths throughout the building. The first-floor lobby connects to the three-story “grand stair” and includes various seating groups and a University food service “grab-n-go” concept. The project utilizes energy-efficient glazing, high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems, sustainable site and water conservation strategies, and is LEED Gold Certified.

Photography by Brian Dressler.

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“We had the pleasure of working with Terry Buchmann and the Garvin Design Group on a project recently completed at Coastal Carolina University. It was clear from the start that GDG had the best interest of the project and client in mind. The team comradery was unlike any other we have experienced and allowed the project to be tremendously successful. Terry was extremely professional, thoughtful and knew the job inside and out which allowed us to overcome any obstacle from whatever issue arose. It would be a pleasure to work with this firm again. Garvin Design Group carries our highest recommendation.”

David Buckner, Project Manager

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