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A unique collaboration


Charleston, South Carolina

(843) 723-8585 /contact

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A unique collaboration


Charleston, South Carolina

(843) 723-8585 /contact

about us 

For over thirty years, Meadors has focused its efforts on creating an environment where talented, passionate, and dedicated men and women can apply their skills to the architectural and construction processes in both new construction and historic restoration.  Our work expands residential, institutional, civic, and commercial buildings.

Meadors is comprised of six workshops:  Architecture, Construction, Conservation & Preservation Planning, Design Services, Cabinetry & Millwork, and Estate Management & Maintenance.  By forming a nexus among architects, conservators, designers, craftspeople and the latest technology, our company has been able to further its founding philosophy of preserving the heritage and durability of traditional building techniques, materials, and design; while also maintaining a commitment to sustainability and efficiency.  Our understanding of historic restoration uniquely informs our design and building processes, as longevity and durability systematically become part of what we do. 

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Process


Through our unique set of in-house skills and being able to self-perform many trades, we provide tremendous resources to our architectural design, planning, and construction administration throughout the design process.  

Process


Through our unique set of in-house skills and being able to self-perform many trades, we provide tremendous resources to our architectural design, planning, and construction administration throughout the design process.  

restoration--our process

The City of Charleston led the entire country in historic preservation by designating the first Historic District in 1931.  Meadors is fortunate to be based in a city with a strong commitment to America's architectural heritage.  It is a vital aspect of everyday life in the Holy City and an exciting context in which to practice the art of restoration.

Each new project provides a myriad of opportunities for discovery.  Our extensive research is the first step in understanding the building.  How was it modified over the decades?  Why were changes made and how do they impact the structure today?  What were the materials used over the years and how can we restore or replicate them?  We combine our research with knowledge of history, and with the latest technologies such as paint microscopy and soil analysis we strive to answer these questions. 

Our design team then begins the process of realizing a vision of how to bring together our clients' needs for living in the 21st century with the strict adherence to the integrity of the building's historic fabric and architecture.

Along the way, the buildings themselves begin to unfold the story as well. Masonry pockets covered over for generations might tell us how the framing once looked.  As the evidence is discovered, we must be prepared to respond and be flexible enough to take advantage of opportunities along the way and allow the vision to evolve.  

The extensive team of craftsmen and craftswomen we have assembled can then restore or recreate any of the elements integral to that vision, or incorporate new construction in ways that honor the past.  

 

meadors community engagement

Homeless Awareness Design Installation--July 2016

Homeless Awareness Design Installation--July 2016

homeless awareness design installation

Meadors created this Installation to maintain awareness of the people experiencing homelessness in our community. We have used the skills of our six workshops to design and digitally fabricate the installation. The 430 figure-cut outs that make up the installation throughout the Charleston area represent the approximate number of those experiencing homelessness in our community based on the last official count. The cut-outs represent one of the issues the homeless experience –  the majority of people look right through them.

Homelessness is not something that can be completely eradicated; however, a defined and established path should be in place so that homelessness is temporary and not repeated.

With sustained help from the community, the many Organizations, whose mission is to help the homeless, will be able to create a sustainable system whereby homelessness is temporary and the goal of functional zero is achieved.

We would like to thank Mayor Tecklenburg for his dedication to helping the Homeless and his enthusiasm and support for this Installation. Without his support, this could not have happened.

Visit the Charleston Installation Website HERE

Visit the National installation website here