Coker Begins Construction on New Residential Facility

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Jan. 9, 2013 – Coker College has begun construction on a 48-bed residential facility, the first of up to six, at the corner of East Carolina Avenue and Second Street South.

A public groundbreaking ceremony and reception at the site will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 25.

“Following four straight years of increasing enrollment and plans that call for still more growth, our need for new facilities is obvious,” said Coker College Robert Wyatt.  “Meeting this demand is a challenge we relish.

“When we accept students into the Coker family, we’ve made a commitment to them (as they have to us) to do our very best to make sure the four-year experience is exceptional.  Providing a selection of premium housing options is part of that commitment.”

Designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, the three-story apartment-style building includes 12 suites and a large wrap-around porch on every level to provide welcoming spaces for students. The full six-building residential complex is designed to complement existing campus architecture and have the look and feel of a modern village neighborhood.

With the amenities of apartment living, each suite includes four single bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen and a large living/dining area.  The construction project is being managed by Choate Construction Co. of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and the first building of the project is scheduled for completion by fall 2013.

The new residential village represents the third expansion to Coker’s residential facilities in as many years.  Working with Hartsville architect Bobby Goodson, and building owners Steve Avant and Jeff Winburn and others, 10 luxury apartment-style units, the Downtown Lofts, were opened in 2011 and another facility, the Downtown Flats, which included seven two-bedroom suites, opened in 2012.


Coker College

Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

McMillan │ Pazdan │Smith Architecture

McMillan Pazdan Smith is a studio-based, regional architecture, interior design and planning firm established in 1955.  Serving health care, education, community and corporate clients, the firm has offices in Asheville, N.C., Atlanta, Ga. and Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C.  For more information, visit


Choate Construction Co.

Choate Construction Company is one of the largest commercial building general contractors in the southeastern United States with offices in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.; and Savannah and Atlanta, Ga. Founded in 1989, Choate provides preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build services, and LEED construction/consulting services with the singular focus of delivering the highest quality finished product on time and within budget. Areas of specialty include   educational facilities and student housing; office and data; retail and mixed-use; healthcare and biomedical;  industrial distribution and manufacturing; governmental buildings; multi-family; senior living; automotive; and sports/recreational facilities. For more information, visit




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