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Ports authority’s new HQ building opens in Mount Pleasant

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The S.C. Ports Authority’s new 80,000-square-foot headquarters building will house around 160 employees at the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant.

The S.C. Ports Authority’s 80,000-square-foot headquarters building is located in Mount Pleasant. (Photo/Provided)The port is relocating operations from its longtime office building at 176 Concord St. in downtown Charleston. Lowe bought the site for $38 million last year with plans to build a luxury hotel and extend Waterfront Park.

Port CEO Jim Newsome has said the relocation puts office staff closer to cargo operations, consolidates office employees into one building and creates a more modern space for the workforce.

The new office building has a glass atrium extending up all four floors. The site also has a nearly 1-mile walking trail.

The office has a fitness center, primary care and occupational health services provided by MUSC Health, a cafeteria and sit-to-stand desks in all workstations and offices. The open floor plan allows for better collaboration and communication, Newsome said.

“The port’s new headquarters offers a single, modern campus for employees with direct access to our biggest operating terminal, the Wando Welch,” Newsome said in a statement.

Workers broke ground on the building in fall 2017. Choate Construction and LS3P led the design-build project.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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