New Francis Marion National Forest Administrative Building Opens


Slideshow_new FM buildingThe USDA Forest Service completed construction of a new, 9,700-square-foot administrative building on the Francis Marion National Forest near Charleston, SC, consolidating two field offices and eliminating the need for visitors to travel between them. The project provided jobs for more than 100 workers over the course of its construction and will serve as a model of maximum energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact. The building opened for business in September.

"We recognized an opportunity to benefit the public, help the economy and lessen our environmental footprint all through a single construction necessity," said Francis Marion and Sumter Forests Supervisor Paul Bradley. "I'm proud to lead a team of professionals who not only put customer service first but also recognize the Entryway, New FM buildingagency's obligation to set an example in environmental efficiency."

The new headquarters, located on national forest land adjacent to Steed Creek Road and Forest Road 6410 near Huger, SC, provides a consolidated workplace for 43 employees currently working in offices located in Cordesville and McClellanville, S.C.  It eliminates the duplication of services, maintenance and utilities as well as the fuel consumption required for employee travel between two administrative offices on a daily basis.

The building is designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standard, one of the highest designations for measurable green building construction. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system to ensure that buildings are designed and built with energy efficiency in mind. It employs strategies to improve energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emission levels and indoor environmental quality.

Francis Marion Banner2967 Steed Creek Road
Huger, SC 29450
Phone: (843) 336-3248