Greenville, SC


27,500 SF

Craig Gaulden Davis, in partnership Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+DP), have designed Roper Mountain Science Center’s Environmental Science Building, a state-of-the-art learning facility that highlights sustainability in the Upstate. The new RMSC building will feature STEAM/STEM-based student-centered labs, interactive plant and animal habitat displays, a multi-level Greenville-focused water cycle exhibit, a teaching kitchen, classrooms, and administrative space.

Relying heavily on visible and tactile sustainable design techniques, the intent is for the building to be low impact and the structure to serve as a teaching tool. The new building will feature specialized exhibit designs that aid in teaching sustainable living, water conservation, and animal care, with flexible classroom spaces, to support the Center’s STEAM-based curriculum. Additionally, an open dining facility, living wall and teaching kitchen will promote health and wellness through plant cultivation, food preparation and best practices in farm-to-table dining.

This project will embody the impact of public/private partnerships on students and all visitors to this treasured resource of Greenville County Schools; building upon The Moutain’s strong foundation, the new Environmental Science building will offer new and exciting learning opportunities for us all.

Craig Gaulden Davis (CGD) has been working on Roper Mountain since the late sixties. Bob Wilson Amphitheater came first followed by a string of buildings commissioned by Greenville County Schools on the wooded, 62-acre property. Over the next few decades CGD designed T.C. Hooper Planetarium, F.W. Symmes Hall of Science, and the renowned Charles E. Daniel Observatory, home to the nation’s 8th largest refractor telescope. Today, Roper Mountain Science Center is a well-established center for hands-on learning and an educational pillar in our community.