533 Rutledge Ave. Interior Renovation by Judy Dixon

Rush Dixon Architects is a solutions-based, contemporary architecture and design firm. Results driven, we create value for our clients through designs that are both strategic and artful, always keeping client goals at the forefront. We believe that modern design is not found solely in the materials, but rather through the pursuit of better spaces for living and doing business.  It is truly a privilege to be a small part of someone's incredible journey. In this case it was the accounting rockstars (yes, that's a thing) at Accountfully, a fully outsourced, modern accounting firm in Charleston, SC that focuses on entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups.

  Creating a fresh and welcoming place for clients and staff was a high priority for our clients; special attention was given to the beverage bar and meeting space. [Photo: Leslie Ryan]

Creating a fresh and welcoming place for clients and staff was a high priority for our clients; special attention was given to the beverage bar and meeting space. [Photo: Leslie Ryan]

They out-grew their current office space and were in the process of purchasing 533 Rutledge Ave. for their new headquarters when we first met owners, Meredith and Brad Ebenhoeh.  Our scope included reimagining the existing first floor layout for optimum operational flow, function and brand alignment as well as assembling a Permit Set of documents for the City of Charleston to review and approve prior to construction. The exercise of taking this historic gem and ensuring a relevant, future chapter  is one of the best things about being an architect in Charleston - designing how modern and current functions can exist and thrive within historic walls. 

The collaboration that followed yielded a work environment tailored to how Accountfully functions: a beverage bar for both staff and clients as a welcoming feature, the generous meeting space, a mix of private offices and open work spaces.  The impeccable taste and instincts of our clients perfectly captured the Accountfully brand. 

“Rush Dixon Architects was a dream to work with on our downtown commercial renovation. As timing was of the essence, we needed to move quickly and they delivered! Their communication was impeccable and deliverables were high quality. Their knowledge and experience of working with the city was very helpful in keeping our project on track. More than that, Rush and Judy are incredibly sweet and down to earth. We are now happy to call them friends."  Meredith Ebenhoeh, Accountfully

  The interiors were curated by Accountfully's impeccable taste and brand alignment. Current, modern, approachable. [Photo Leslie Ryan]

The interiors were curated by Accountfully's impeccable taste and brand alignment. Current, modern, approachable. [Photo Leslie Ryan]

  Private offices with internal glazing were incorporated to allow for the necessary function of privacy and security while providing a visual connection to staff. [Photo Leslie Ryan] 

Private offices with internal glazing were incorporated to allow for the necessary function of privacy and security while providing a visual connection to staff. [Photo Leslie Ryan] 

  Light-filled and dynamic, the open work space also known as the "bull pen" is a critical function to the daily office operations for Accountfully.  [Photo: Leslie Ryan]

Light-filled and dynamic, the open work space also known as the "bull pen" is a critical function to the daily office operations for Accountfully.  [Photo: Leslie Ryan]

   [Photo: Leslie Ryan]

 [Photo: Leslie Ryan]

  The first floor of this century old structure at the corner of Rutledge and Fishburne avenues in downtown Charleston is the quintessential corner "store" and current home to Accountfully, a modern accounting firm focusing on entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups. Contact them at hello@accountfully.com

The first floor of this century old structure at the corner of Rutledge and Fishburne avenues in downtown Charleston is the quintessential corner "store" and current home to Accountfully, a modern accounting firm focusing on entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups. Contact them at hello@accountfully.com

22 years in Charleston | An Ode to Clark + Menefe by Judy Dixon

Today is Rush and Judy Dixon's "Relocating to Charleston" anniversary and Clark + Menefee (a brilliant but now disbanded architecture firm) is, by and large, to thank. The makings of this inspired chapter of two interns coming to this magnetic city started with a third year assignment at Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies. We were to visit an off-campus piece of architecture, study/sketch/photograph the building's merits and report back to the studio. The Middleton Inn was chosen, which at the time had recently been completed, garnering press and design awards. It was liberating to read how an inn just steps from The Middleton Plantation was boldly modern yet rooted in historic and local contexts. The stucco walls, the chimney pots, the "Charleston Green" paint, wood shutters, the rigor of the floor plan and detailing of the guest rooms are still humbling after all years. 

 

“We saw it as a chance to prove that modernism didn’t have to be strident or out of place, so we took careful pains to have that reflect touches of Charleston tradition,” Clark says.
[from Robert Behre's Post + Courier article in 2011 as the building turned 25 years old.] 

That visit securely planted the Charleston seed. Future excursions showed us the charm of the historic city, its cosmopolitan and European soul, and the reality of how an historic city can be relevant in a modern world. Happy Anniversary indeed.

Cline + McKenzie by Judy Dixon

Marcus Lemonis, our current entrepreneurial crush and CNBC's "The Profit", talks about the 3 Ps of business success: People, Product and Process. He emphasizes that "People" is the most important and as collaborators we couldn't agree more.  The dynamic in a design studio is especially important with all experience levels and perspectives working toward the best design solution each day.  We are delighted to have added two recent (and awesome) Clemson architecture graduates to our studio - Brett Cline and Tyler McKenzie.   Both interns bring their passion for architecture, design talent and technological skill set to the studio and assist with design, construction documents and renderings for both commercial and residential projects.  

 Brett Cline recently earned his Bachelors of Arts in Architecture degree with a minor in Athletic Leadership from Clemson University.

Brett Cline recently earned his Bachelors of Arts in Architecture degree with a minor in Athletic Leadership from Clemson University.

  Tyler McKenzie has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a minor in Package Design from Clemson University.

 Tyler McKenzie has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a minor in Package Design from Clemson University.

The Beauty of Rules by Judy Dixon

As architects our mission is to create beautiful, functional structures for our clients - architecture that contributes to the built environment of its place, walls and roofs that keep water out and conditioned air in, volumes and spaces where life can not only happen but be better than before. It's an going balance between art and rules.

"I think constraints are very important. They're positive because they allow you to work off something." Charles Gwathmey, Gwathmey Seigel Kaufman Architects

We had the opportunity to think about everyday constraints today (and every day actually) - building codes, zoning codes and flood plains at the Town of Mount Pleasant's "Code for Lunch" series hosted by the town's Planning and Building Departments.  It may sound less than inspiring, but to us if you don't know the constraints you cannot be a relevant architect.  Here are some items discussed today. Any questions, send us a message and we'll be happy to follow up.  

SC TO ADOPT NEW BUILDING CODES

The State of South Carolina is on track to adopt the 2015 International Code Series on July 1, 2016. (We are currently under the 2012 International Code series.) This likely means that any projects close to drawings completion should be submitted to the authority having jurisdiction (unless you would like to transfer to the new code.)  [Reference International Code Council]

FLOOD MAP UPDATE

We may not have snow here in Charleston, but we sure do have flooding. As anticipated (feared) the flood maps are on track to be updated in less than two years. This can have impacts on insurance, new construction, etc. [Reference Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA] 

TREE PROTECTION

While there are no new regulations on tree protection, the proper way to execute protection was reviewed. This is an area that has many infractions which could lead to Stop-Work orders so make sure this is cone properly for a smoother inspection process. [Reference Town of Mount Pleasant Tree Ordinance]

PENDING ZONING CODE CHANGE

The building setbacks for Accessory Dwelling Units is slated to be increased at an upcoming Town Council meeting. Check the Town of Mount Pleasant website for updates to the Zoning Code. [Reference the Town of Mount Pleasant Zoning Ordinance]

Flagship 3 Update by Judy Dixon

The City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review granted Conceptual Approval for the updated Flagship 3 Office Building and Parking Garage last night. The modern design of the Flagship 3 buildings, (Rush Dixon Architects in collaboration with the City of Charleston's Design Division) is located in the city's Tech District and continues the Charleston Digital Corridor's legacy of providing incubator space to Charleston's tech start-ups. 

Growing our Studio by Judy Dixon

Intern Architect / Project Architect

 

Rush Dixon Architects is a small, full service architectural firm located in Mount Pleasant, SC currently seeking to add an Intern Architect or Project Architect to our team.  We have some fantastic clients, a great small firm culture and love what we do. Our project types include commercial office, recreation and hospitality within the metro area of Charleston, SC.

 

Candidates should be able to work both individually and in a team setting.  This role is for motivated, creative and technical individuals who want to be involved in all project phases from Conceptual Design through Construction Administration. Exemplary communication, modeling / drafting and rendering skills required. (Archicad, Sketchup preferred)

 

Please list all relevant skills and previous work experience in your response and forward cover letter, resume, references and work examples to Judy Dixon at judy@rushdixon.com.

 

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