Garvin Design Group wins two AIA South Carolina 2021 Design Awards

December 2, 2021

Columbia architecture, interiors, and planning firm Garvin Design Group won two Design Awards at the American Institute of Architects South Carolina (AIA SC)’s annual awards presented virtually on November 19, 2021. Garvin Design Group received a Citation Award in Interior Architecture for Vikor Scientific at South Carolina Research Authority’s West Edge in Charleston, and a Merit Award in New Construction for Hammond School’s Science and Innovation Center in Columbia.

Presented annually, AIA SC’s Design Awards are intended to recognize individuals, organizations, and projects exemplifying the very best in architecture. Design Awards honor projects executed and designed by the organization’s members or project teams consisting of at least one AIA SC member in good standing in South Carolina. Winning projects are selected by a jury of architects and designers from outside the state. This year the jury reviewed more than 79 submissions for awards in categories including New Construction, Residential, Adaptive Reuse/Preservation, Interior Architecture, and Unbuilt Projects.

Garvin Design Group’s 16,500 sf upfit project for biomedical company Vikor Scientific won a Citation Award in Interior Architecture. Carefully tucked within Charleston’s multi-tenant mixed-use building 22 West Edge, Vikor Scientific’s space includes laboratories, meeting rooms, classrooms, and office spaces. Interior architecture accommodates a highly varied program within a limited interior space while celebrating Vikor’s sophisticated brand identity. The jury noted that, “the bright surfaces, clean lines, and tightly integrated systems unify a tightly packed plan of discrete workspaces. This project produces a clear aesthetic statement derived from its program while delivering a bold and refreshing identity.”

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Completed in 2018, Hammond School’s 30,000 sf Science and Innovation Center is designed to prepare K-12 students through engaged, hands-on learning. With features like a SciDome and a saltwater aquarium, the facility is a building that teaches. The Design Awards jury took particular note of how the building organizes structured and informal learning environments to produce complex spatial relationships between varied curricular programs and informal learning environments. They also noted the creative use of varied volumetric spaces and a sectional transparency that ties them together.

Hammond School Science & Innovation Center 
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“It’s truly rewarding that Vikor Scientific and the Hammond Innovation Center received this recognition,” said Scott Garvin, President of Garvin Design Group. “Both projects were a result of amazing collaboration with our clients and construction partners.”



About Garvin Design Group

Celebrating its 18th anniversary this year, Garvin Design Group (GDG) offers comprehensive planning and design services for a variety of project types and sizes. From master planning and programming to interior up-fits and new construction, GDG strives to provide client-driven design solutions throughout South Carolina. The firm of 16 people has completed more than $1 billion worth of projects since its founding in 2003. GDG’s contributions to the community and the profession earned it the American Institute of Architects – South Carolina’s (AIA SC) 2019 Firm Award and the Columbia Chamber’s 2020 Small Business of the Year Award. For more information, visit