The South Carolina Research Authority established the Research Parks System as an operating unit dedicated to developing a state-wide research park system that could take advantage of the fact that advanced technology will be the cornerstone of South Carolina’s future economic development. In South Carolina, the SCRA Research Parks System-the first such system in the nation-is ready to help position existing businesses and new companies meet the challenges of growth through technology.
EP/A worked with DANIEL International (now Flour Daniel) to master plan the first South Carolina Research Park and prepare landscape design for entrances and signage as well as a comprehensive set of design guidelines to insure a common set of quality standards for each facility. The 246-acre CarolinaResearchPark is located just minutes from Columbia, the state capital, and the campus of the University of South Carolina. This site is situated on the stretch of Interstate-77 that is rapidly becoming a “Technology Corridor”. The CarolinaResearchPark is approximately one hour from Charlotte, North Carolina via I-77 and two hours from the South Carolina seaport city of Charleston via I-77 and I-26. Its proximity to these major cities is one of the park’s distinct advantages. The ColumbiaMetropolitanAirport linking the city to major regional and national markets is thirty minutes away. Preservation of natural elements is very evident in the master planning for the park. Large areas of land have been designated as common area including a 15 acre lake where a four hole tournament quality, P.B. Dye golf course was added. A strong set of “Planning and Design Guidelines” has been developed to assure high aesthetics and proper environmental use of each individual site. Extensive landscaping complements the natural scenery of the park.