Commercial Renovation β€” Building NH 55

Architect: McMillian Pazden Smith Architects
Location: Noisette
Year Built: 1944

Chastain Construction Inc. recently completed the new headquarters for Coleman-Snow Consultants, renovating a two-story 16,000-square-foot building located on the former Charleston Navy base.

The structure, known as Building NH55 or the “Sick Officers Quarters,” was built in 1944 on Turnbull Avenue directly across the street from the Charleston Naval Hospital's original main complex. Its purpose was to alleviate overcrowding and provide an additional and separate space to treat sick and wounded naval officers. After a new hospital was built in the 1970s, NH55 was used by the Navy as a legal office. Then in the 1990s, the Navy base closed and NH55 sat vacant for years.

Coleman-Snow Consultants, a United Infrastructure Group company, purchased NH55 in January 2009 and rehabilitated it in a manner that is in keeping with the historic character of the Charleston Naval Hospital. In addition, NH55, which is located in what is now known as the Navy Yard at Noisette, has been designed to achieve a Silver level of certification under the LEED NC2.2 rating system. The project has been through the design level
of review and is now under the construction level of review.

“The NH55 building design and renovation process was successfully completed ahead of schedule thanks to Chastain Construction and Bill Coleman Jr., the construction manager of CSC,” said Monica Clarke, marketing coordinator for CSC.

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