Realtors association opens spiffed-up membership building in high-profile spot

The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors moved into its new building Aug. 12. Visible from I-26, the center is situated at 5006 Wetland Crossing behind Tanger Outlet (Jim Parker/Staff 8-12-2014).

Central location, efficient layout and spacious rooms spotlight the new home base of the chief Realtors' group in the Charleston area.

The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors moved out of its former rented spot off International Boulevard on the S.C. Research Authority campus. Boeing bought the property as part of its continued expansion in the Lowcountry.

The association held a drop-in Aug. 12 to celebrate the opening of the new 9,000-square-foot membership center, located at 5006 Wetland Crossing behind the Tanger Outlet complex in North Charleston.

Maverick Construction built the one-story facility next to Strayer University. Landmark Enterprises Inc. owns the property, and the association leases it. The project is what's known as a "build-to-suit," in which the contractor designs the structure to the tenant's specs.

"The Charleston Trident Association of Realtors project was tailored specifically to meet the unique needs of the association," says Jason M. Ward, vice president of development for Landmark Enterprises.

"The efficient space plan and best-in-class design elements will allow the association to optimize the combination of total occupancy cost and a high-quality work and classroom environment," he says.

Wil Riley, the association's chief executive, says the new space offers opportunities "to provide more for our members. This new facility will allow our staff to work more efficiently on behalf of the membership and give our members a significantly upgraded headquarters," he says.

Specifically, "larger classrooms will help us accommodate the growing education and training needs of our membership and enhanced technology throughout the facility will help us all work faster and smarter," Riley says.

The spacious, modern facility is visible from Interstate 26.

"I'm very excited about it," Corwyn J. Melette, the group's president, said during the grand opening last week. "The association has a very rich history."

Charleston Trident Association of Realtors traces its roots to 1907. With more than 3,900 members, the organization's mission includes promoting "the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, education and technology."

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