Member News | May 9

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Seeking Applicants for its 2014 Leadership Programs

sisters-of-charity-foundation-south-carolina-logoThe Foundation is accepting applications for two programs geared towards leaders in the nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Leadership Training Certificate Program offers two Options for participation and the Nonprofit Leadership Development Program, a five-month program for nonprofit leaders. Both of these courses are part of the Foundation’s Carolina Academy, which also offers free workshops to nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Leadership Training Certificate Program
This program is designed for those nonprofit leaders who are recognized as having great potential and are ready to take their nonprofit leadership to the next level. There are two options for participation:

Option 1:

Courses may be taken for nine Graduate level hours in partnership with Columbia College. If Track 1 is selected, the participant will assume responsibility for paying $300 per semester for 3 semesters (9 credit hrs) for a total cost of $900. The Foundation will pay the remaining balance each semester for 3 semesters of tuition for a total cost of $1500.

Option 2:

Courses may be taken without Graduate level credit given for coursework and no program related fees apply.

The certificate program will run three consecutive semesters, beginning August 2014 through August 2015. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.

Nonprofit Leadership Development Program
The Nonprofit Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is designed to reach a wide range of nonprofit leaders in organizations across the state. It is a free program to enhance personal and professional growth within nonprofit organizations in South Carolina.

This year, the Development Program offers a unique and interesting approach to examining a broad variety of classical management issues. Traditional leadership themes are explored through the lens of acclaimed films carefully selected to capture many of the human experiences that we collectively and universally encounter. Most importantly, all learning experiences are designed to specifically address the challenging realities of nonprofit leaders.

The program meets one Thursday a month from August 2014 through December 2014.

For more information on these Leadership Programs, visit us on the web at or call Katrina Spigner at 803.254.0230, ext 15.


Columbia Architecture Firm Named Southeast Design Firm of the Year

downloadEngineering News Record (ENR) has named local architecture firm LS3P as its Southeast Design Firm of the Year. With offices in Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville, SC and Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington, NC, the firm has over 200 employees.

Principal Mary Beth Sims Branham, AIA, Vice President and Columbia office leader since 2004, is honored by the recognition. “It is has been a privilege to establish a local presence for LS3P in our Capital City. Thanks to our great clients in the Midlands and all around the state, the Columbia office has continued to grow and play a part in the design of many exciting projects that have helped shape the way people live, learn, play and work. This is what our passion for architecture is all about.” With a diverse portfolio of K-12, higher education, civic, and corporate projects, notable projects for the office include Langford Elementary School, the AllSouth Federal Credit Union headquarters, and the University of South Carolina Alumni Center.

In selecting LS3P as Southeast Design Firm of the Year, ENR Southeast editor Scott Judy notes that the honor is about more than the bottom line. “As always,’ he writes, “the designation of our ‘Firms of the Year’ goes beyond a review of the numbers. ENR editors reviewed information from 115 nominated firms related to recent projects, sustainability efforts and community outreach, among others. And when the votes were tallied, it added up to the designation of LS3P as this year’s Design Firm of the Year.” For the feature ENR Southeast article, please visit.

About ENR Southeast: ENR Southeast provides local, in-depth and comprehensive coverage on heavy, highway, building and industrial construction news in the four-state area of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. With both print and online content, ENR covers news, features, people, projects, and trends in the regional construction industry.

For more information on LS3P, visit


Columbia Metropolitan Airport Director Testifies Before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation

columbiametroairport_logoColumbia Metropolitan Airport Director, Dan Mann, represented Columbia on Wednesday morning as part of a panel of aviation experts invited to testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation regarding the state of small and rural airports.

As a part of his testimony, Mann emphasized the importance of airports operating as businesses and that local control of revenue will provide airports with the resources needed to better serve their markets. Mann also highlighted the critical role of community support in an airport’s success particularly as airports increasingly must compete for service from airlines; his takeaway being that those communities that do not support their local airports may, ultimately, lose their air service all together.

In his written remarks, Mann cites the success that Columbia Metropolitan Airport has had in reducing airport costs and becoming a more competitive organization stating, “Between 2010 and 2012, we reduced staff by 46%, saving $1.7 million annually. We reduced debt to $122 per passenger and lowered cost per enplanement (CPE) from $12.02 to $9.17 in 2013.” Mann’s testimony continues by highlighting that, as a result of these strategic decisions, Delta added capacity to CAE.

In addition to Mann, the other panelists were Susan L. Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation & International Affairs for the USDOT; Dr. Gerald L. Dillingham, Director of Physical Infrastructure Issues for the Government Accountability Office; Captain Lee Moak, President of the Air Line Pilots Association, International; Bryan Bedford, President of Republic Airways; and Brian Sprenger, Director of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. The Subcommittee is chaired by Congressman Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey.

Other topics discussed included pilot shortages and airline pilot training hours, the aging fleet of regional jets, how airports keep costs low and miscellaneous unfunded mandates.

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is the premier air travel provider for South Carolina’s Midlands region. The airport offers more than 40 daily non-stop flights to 11 destinations nationwide. CAE is a self-sufficient entity and does not receive any state or local tax dollars. Visit our website at on Facebook or on Twitter.


NAI Avant to Support Local Art Scene in the Heart of Columbia’s Vibrant Congaree Vista, SC

downloadNAI Avant is pleased to support local visual artists by showcasing selected artwork and photography in the Dupre building gallery, with all art proceeds going directly to the artists.  Located in the heart of the Vista at 807 Gervais Street, the Dupre building boasts a lively mix of retail, restaurant, Class-A office space and a rooftop loft with a garden terrace.  This Vista icon was built in 1919 for the Dupre Motor Company, a Ford dealership, and was the centerpiece of the Capital City’s “Automobile Row”.  Today, this historic award-winning, rehabilitated structure is also known as NAI Avant’s new corporate headquarters featuring sensitively blended original details with modern amenities.

South Carolina artists or photographers interested in submitting their work for consideration can email  The selected artist will be contacted to coordinate hanging art on the existing artwork track system in the first floor Dupre gallery off of the west alley.  NAI Avant intends to rotate the new art exhibit every couple of months.

Suburban Market Benefits From New Construction and Positive Absorption, Charleston, SC

The Greater Charleston, SC office market remained relatively healthy throughout the first quarter of 2014.  While some submarkets and Class B/C space show higher vacancies, many of the established office clusters such as downtown Charleston and Faber Place/Leeds Avenue saw higher rates and positive absorption.

The Boeing effect continues to drive many of the first quarter events.  Specifically Boeing leased approximately 52,000 SF in two buildings within Faber Place at I-526 in North Charleston and an additional 40,000 SF on Corporate Road.  These recent leases resulted in part from Boeing’s announcement to add about 600 Information Technology jobs, continuing to expand its footprint in the area.

Healthcare also is driving new activity as MUSC leased almost 13,000 SF in Mt. Pleasant at the East Cooper Medical Arts Center, and local healthcare provider, Palmetto Primary Care, announced the ground breaking of a medical campus within Nexton. Nexton is MeadWestvaco’s cutting edge 5,000+ acre master planned community in Summerville, SC.

During the first quarter we saw four new buildings totaling over 132,000 SF come online.  Notably were MeadWestvaco’s 100,000 SF corporate office at Nexton, which will have approximately 75,000 SF available for tenants and Lowcountry Urology’s new state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center in West Ashley.

The Downtown Central Business District continued to tighten as Class A space became harder to find. During the first quarter, Evening Post Industries, parent company to the Post and Courier announced plans for Phase One of Courier Square at Meeting and Columbus Streets in downtown Charleston.  This mixed-use project is estimated to cost $84 million and bring with it up to 50,000 SF of Class A office space.  Holder Properties developed 54,000 SF at 174 Meeting Street in 2013 and the anchor tenant, CertusBank opened during the first quarter of 2014.  With Class A rates pushing $30.00/SF and beyond for full service buildings and parking rates as high as $175 per space per month, one could speculate that the suburban markets such as Mt. Pleasant and Leeds Avenue/Faber will continue to benefit from new construction and positive absorption.

Holder Properties has been particularly active in office development throughout Charleston for several years, completing five major projects.  In February, the developer announced the new construction of a 50,000 SF build-to-suit facility for the College of Charleston’s North Campus and Lowcountry Graduate Center adjacent to the Executive Office Park at Faber Place in North Charleston.

About NAI Avant
NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms and is a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital partners.  NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


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