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Spigner House garners preservation, green awards

By Peggy Binette, peggy@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-7704

A home once owned by a South Carolina senator’s wife and acquired by the University of South Carolina 50 years ago has been renovated and is earning awards for green building and restoration.

The Spigner House, which forms the campus’ east boundary on Gregg Street, will be awarded the 2013 Preservation/Restoration Award Thursday, May 2, by the Historic Columbia Foundation. The renovations completed last summer earned LEED Gold, making Spigner House the fourth university building to achieve gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council. Other buildings include Patterson and Honors residence halls and the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library.

“LEED certification at the highest possible level is the goal of building and renovation today, and USC is certainly committed to becoming ever more sustainable,” said First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides who helped guide the project. “In the Spigner House we were able to restore the craftsmanship and beauty of ages past while creating a space that will last well into the future with low environmental impact.”

Acquired by USC in 1963, the former private residence now features entertaining and meeting space on the first floor and houses Carolina Dining/Sodexo offices on the second floor. A number of sustainable features led to the LEED Gold rating including appliances and HVAC equipment that exceed energy performance standards, low-emitting finishes and materials and low flow water fixtures to reduce water use.

Originally built in 1915, it was bequeathed to Henrietta Geddes Baily Spigner, the wife of Sen. Adolphus Fletcher Spigner Jr., by her aunt Annie Gertrude Pressley. Sen. Spigner is a 1903 USC law graduate and served in the S.C. Senate from 1915- 1919, representing Richland County, before being named solicitor for the 5th Judicial Circuit.

USC is a leader in sustainability. The university was named to the 2013 Green Honor Roll, receiving the highest possible score on Princeton Review’s “Green Ratings.” It was the only university in South Carolina and was one of two universities in the Southeastern Conference to earn the top ranking.

All new construction on the university’s campus is built at LEED Silver or higher standards. Its most ambitious green project is the new Darla Moore School of Business, which It is on track to become the largest LEED Platinum building in South Carolina, with the university pursuing a Net-Zero rating through a partnership between the Moore School and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Posted: 04/30/13 @ 12:15 PM | Updated: 05/02/13 @ 10:40 PM | Permalink

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