Situated prominently at the front door to campus, Douthit Hills is a vibrant mixed-use development that includes retail, dining, housing for 2250 students, a new visitor center, and admissions offices. Ayers Saint Gross’ team of architects and landscape architects created a master plan for the entire precinct and designed and documented the first phase in collaboration with The Boudreaux Group and Clark Nexsen. For the landscape master plan, safety and connectivity were the themes. Outdoor spaces of a variety of scales were constructed as extensions of interior living spaces, offering opportunities for passive recreation, interaction, and collaboration. The landscape planting strategy builds upon the existing vegetative character of the site with individual landscapes referencing native plant communities of South Carolina’s piedmont.
The Ayers Saint Gross-designed $212.7 million Douthit Hills project will provide a home for more than 1,600 students and include a new bookstore, a student center, restaurants, a dining hall, plus other amenities.