On June 1, 2011 the Endowment relocated to its new headquarters building at 908 E. North Street in Greenville, SC. The repurposed building stood vacant for two decades before the Endowment purchased the property. To learn more about the history of the property visit our Blog for June 2011 -- http://usendowmentblog.blogspot.com
The Endowment is very fortunate to have a number of partners who provided cash or product donations in support of our office rehab project. We are grateful to each for their participation. They are, in alphabetical order:
City Bench- Higganum, CT
City Bench owners, Ted and Zeb Esselstyn, provided a hand-crafted bench to serve as a useful addition to the Endowment’s entry way. The bench is made from a reclaimed black locust that came down in New Haven, Connecticut. Downed trees or those planned for removal provide City Bench’s raw material from which they create one-of-a-kind usable works of art. http://www.city-bench.com/
Columbia Forest Products, Greensboro, NC Hardwood panels from native hardwoods -- maple and walnut -- provide a rich feel and remind all who visit of the bounty of America's forests. Columbia Forest Products is North America's largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer. The panels use soy-based, formaldehyde-free PureBond® technology and carry the Forest Stewardship Council (R) forest certification. http://columbiaforestproducts.com/
Cox Industries, Inc. -- Orangeburg, SC Plant All wood studs and fencing materials were produced from southern pine timber. Cox is a family-owned company in its sixth decade of operation with ten plants in five states. http://www.coxwood.com/
Greenville Local Development Corporation, Greenville, SC By eliminating more than two-thirds of the previously paved surface area we enhanced the natural beauty of the overall project, while reducing storm water runoff and "island heating" effect. Plants used are native to South Carolina.
Greenville Water System's Community Engagement Funds A 1,500 gallon cistern and filter system acts as a reservoir to store rainwater "harvested" from the roof. This avoids use of potable water for irrigating the low maintenance, native landscaping. It also results in reduced storm water runoff. http://greenvillewater.com/
Greenville Woodworkers Guild, Mauldin, SC Volunteers from the not-for-profit Greenville Woodworkers Guild donated time and talent to re-purpose items reclaimed from the old structure and crafted items from surplus materials. Among them a break table and stools from the restaurant counter. www.greenvillewoodworkers.com
Lowe's Companies Inc., Poinsett Highway Store, Greenville, SC Lowe's provided a number of wood and other products for the project. Lowe's, based in Mooresville, NC, is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. www.lowes.com
Norbord Inc. of Toronto, Canada -- Joanna, SC Plant The stucco facade is supported by Oriented Strand Board (OSB) made from water-proof adhesives and wood strands arranged in cross-oriented layers. Norbord OSB carries the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® certification. http://www.norbord.com/
Sweeney Hardwoods & Resdoor Company, Inc., Ft. Worth, TX; and National Hardwood Lumber Association, Memphis, TN The custom entry door is hand crafted from American walnut. Sweeney Hardwoods is one of the largest hardwood lumber and plywood wholesale distributors in Texas and with their Resdoor Company they are also known for quality woodwork and hand crafted custom doors. http://sweeneyhardwoods.com/ -- http://www.nhla.com/
Little Princess Restaurant Developed by Turkish immigrant Alex Kiriakides, the Little Princess Restaurant opened its doors in 1975. It closed in 1990 and the building remained vacant for two decades. To retain some of the character from its original purpose, we retained the original tile floors, windows, signage, and repurposed the kitchen counter and a cooler in the conference room.