University of South Carolina

Innovista Master Plan cited by SCAPA

The South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) recently presented its 2010 planning awards, which recognized the University of South Carolina, City of Columbia, Guignard Associates and Sasaki Associates Inc. for the Innovista Master Plan for downtown Columbia and the Congaree River waterfront.

The projects won the award for Outstanding Planning Project in a multi-jurisdictional area.

“The Innovista Master Plan is a visionary blueprint to transform 500 acres in the heart of our capital city from the remnants of an industrial past into a vibrant mixed-use community,” said Don Herriott, director of Innovista Partnerships. “The live, learn, earn and play urban environment has been creatively designed and planned to give life to an urban core which includes a top-tier research university whose work spawns high-impact, high-tech companies. This planned approach will take many years to come to full fruition, but when it does, Columbia will be a nationally known place for its creative-class, high-tech environment.”

“The new iconic Waterfront Park will symbolize the famously hot but definitely cool City of Columbia, where quality of life and quality of work are second to none,” Herriott said.

The Innovista research district is designed to help South Carolina companies grow, attract new business and build a high-tech knowledge economy. It is home to cutting-edge research facilities, including the Horizon I research building, which houses Centers of Economic Excellence chairs in future fuels research; the Discovery I building, home to the Center for Colon Cancer Research and the department of communication sciences and disorders; the Public Health Research Center, home of EnGenCore, a public-private partnership providing DNA sequencing for academic and commercial research; and the SCRA USC Innovation Center, which features 70,000 square feet and the capacity for 10 to 15 high-tech companies. Plans call for the Darla Moore School of Business to be located in Innovista. The district is home to 12 endowed chairs.

Six planning project awards were made to South Carolina communities and organizations. Two additional awards, Distinguished Planner and Planning Advocate, recognized individual planning excellence in South Carolina.

Award criteria include quality of the product, innovation in approach or process, transferability to other jurisdictions in South Carolina, significance to the community, implementation potential and sustainability over time.

The South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association is a nonprofit education and membership organization dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of community planning across the state.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 11/15/10 @ 11:10 AM | Updated: 12/03/10 @ 3:58 PM | Permalink