July 2, 2016

From the History Books: A Celebratory Site & Naval Memorial


As Davis & Floyd celebrates the Fourth of July, we take a look back at two projects that reflect the spirit of the holiday.

A gem on the South Carolina coast, North Charleston Riverfront Park was opened to the public on July 4, 2005 and has been continuously used for the city’s annual celebration and fireworks display – the festival is the city’s largest sponsored event and features national performers each year.

The park site was originally the grounds of the Officer’s Club and golf course on the former naval base and today it provides access to the river that citizens of North Charleston previously lacked. Serene vistas, graceful grand oaks, and historic homes set the scene for a contemporary arts pavilion. Fitted with a one-of-a-kind amphitheater and interactive fountain, the park draws patrons to community events year-round. As the initial anchor set within the 3,000-acre Noisette Master Plan and planned 350-acre Navy Yard at Noisette, this project incorporated sustainable development practices in all facets of the design from the site lighting to its source of irrigation.

For this special project, Davis & Floyd served as the park’s design engineer, supporting the project team by leading the due diligence and design necessary for deconstruction or protection of existing structures, pavements, and utilities, and the design of new retaining walls; boardwalks; structural foundations; and water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater facilities.

Two years later, we completed the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial located within Riverfront Park. Davis & Floyd was commissioned to lead a team of professional engineers and architects for the survey, design, and construction documentation for the memorial.

The memorial’s structure includes a pavilion, a water feature with a reflection pool and pedestrian bridges, sculptures, and landscaping that continue the unique sustainable fabric used in the construction of the city’s Riverfront Park.

This project is a monument in honor of the importance of the Charleston Naval Base to the community and a memorial to the military personnel and civilians who served the United States and the Greater Charleston region while the base was operational.

From our family to yours, we hope you have a safe and celebratory Independence Day – whether you are out at your city’s arts venues, in your own backyard, on the water, or at a ballgame.

Riverfront Park