Phase III Capital Campaign

Principal Circle


Given By

State of South Carolina
United States Army Corps of Engineers
Charleston District

Lighthouse Keeper Circle

$100,000 – $499,999

Given By

Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission
City of Folly Beach
Jim Booth
Gorman Foundation
John & Betty Johnson O’Brien

Beacon Circle

$50,000 – $99,999

Given By

Save America’s Treasures, Department of Interior
Jon & Lisa Weitz

Patriot Circle

$25,000 – $49,999

Given By

Bank of America
Lee & Suzanne Chewning
Corgan Family Foundation
Carroll L. Crowther, PE and Whitaker Laboratory, Inc.
Robert Ginn

Colonial Circle

$10,000 – $24,999

Given By

James L. Ferguson
The Post and Courier Foundation
SC Department of Archives and History
Fred & Joyce Wichmann

Staircase Circle

$5,000 – $9,999

Given By

Robert & Lanelle Barber
Ed & Jan Childress
City of Charleston
Al & Nancy Hitchcock
Barry & Cheryl McLaurin
Robert & Teresa New
Piggly Wiggly
Larry L. Stroman
Robert & Deborah Turkewitz

Lantern Circle

$2,500 – $4,999

Given By

Dr. Richard Beck
John, Kay & Burton Davy
Harry & Reba Huge
Jill & Steve Rawe
Santee Cooper

Old Charleston Light Circle

$1,000 – $2,499

Given By

Action Carolina
Ben Arnold
Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company
Bachelor’s Society of Charleston
Robert E. Calhoun
Charleston Branch Pilots Association
The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina: Bakker Family Fund and the Joanna Foundation
Tom Elder
William & Prudence Finn
Folly Crab Shack
Frenzel Foundation
Flexible Technologies
Paula & Jessie Hinton
James Island High School Classes of ’61 & ’62
John & Pamela Ohlandt
Glenda & Jerry Owens
The Pawlowski Family
Walter & Beth Stenger
Shurguard Storage Centers
Sunbelt Beverage
Nina Swan Toups
Ray & Claudia Trine
Richard & Tracy Wilkerson
Dr. Donald & Joanne Wuori

Admiral Circle

$500 – $999

Given By

Christian Brutzer & Regina Anderson
First United Methodist Church Men’s Club
Johnny & Pam Ohlandt
Arthur Ravenel, Jr.
Bill Snow
Bill & Patsy Wolff

Legacy Circle

$250 – $499

Given By

Chris O’Brien
Edythe Burress
Carmen Campbell
Briggs Edney
Elizabeth & Joseph O’Brien
G.Robert & Dottie George
Mrs. Charles C. Martin
Drs. Lawrence & Nancy Moore
Dr. & Mrs. James L. Purcell
Dave & Pat Stormer

Guardian Circle

$100 – $249

Given By

Ashley Monique Campbell
Danielle Campbell
Cynthia Craig
Jim & Donna Dancik
Lt. Col. Harvey M. Dick, USA, Ret.
Don & Rita Elder
Captain William G. Fisher, Jr.
Barbara & Byron Gathright
Linda & Stephen Grant
Sarah C. Greene
Marjorie T. Groom
Laura & G. Preston Hipp
Lynn & Al Johnson
Harrison & Jean King
Stanley Langston
Troy LeBoeuf
Charles W. Minch
Lewis N. Mottern
Jim Ritter
Bonum S. Wilson
Jim & Peggy Wojcik
Janet L. Wolvin

Anchor Circle

$1 – $99

Given By

Linda Benedict
Phil & Mary Bradley
Ross & Carol Burgess
Carolyn Cabaniss
Eloise Donahoo
Carolyn & Paul Engle
Wayne W. Fissel
Francis Foster
Folly Beach Senior Citizens
Martin G. Gipe, Sr.
Tim Heichelbech
Carl & Jennifer Hitchcock
Don Holtzclaw
Richard & Betty Hopf
Renee & Sewell Kahn
Joyce & Melvin Klement
Lucy Ewing Martin
Emily McGuire
Walter McGuire
Roberta Murchison
Nita S. Musgrave
Raymond & Bonnie Orr
Dr. R. Devon Parks
Daisy Smith Proctor
Sherri Seymour
Donna W. Shepherd
Richard & Tammy Stys
Jane M. Temple
Thomas E. Thornhill
Judy R. Young

Here you can find some conceptualizations for Phase I of the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Plans were provided by the Hayward-Baker Company.

Changes to the original Phase I plans needed to be made before the actual construction. For photos of the Phase I preservation construction, see the photo gallery below.

The base of the lighthouse will be surrounded by a cofferdam composed of circular sheet piles. This drawing is view looking down from above the lighthouse.

The base of the lighthouse will be surrounded by a cofferdam composed of circular sheet piles. This drawing is view looking down from above the lighthouse.

Grout will be injected beneath the lighthouse to stabilize the foundation. The view is looking down from above into the lighthouse's foundation.
This drawing shows section B-B through the drawing above. The view is looking across the base of the lighthouse.
Phase I - In May 2007, work began on the first phase of the lighthouse stabilization. The contractor, Taylor Brothers Marine Construction, from Beaufort, NC, drove the sheet piles that formed a cofferdam around the base of the lighthouse. The contractor worked all through the fall and winter to complete the work. His jack-up-barge can be seen from a great distance while it sits next to the lighthouse to drive the piles. All types of monitoring devices were installed inside and outside the lighthouse to help monitor the conditions as the piles were vibrated down into the sand. A local company, WPC, provided this part of the monitoring for the contractor. The devices monitored cracks for potential growth, possible lean, and general vibration during daily work. All of the windows in the lighthouse have no glass and the birds love to stay inside and even raise their young if not disturbed. The Phase I effort was completed in March of 2008, with a cost of just over $3 million.

Aerial photos were taken by Mr. Larry Workman.

You can view some conceptualizations for Phase II of the preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Plans were provided by the contractor, Palmetto Gunite.

Page 1 shows the layout for the new micro-piles that were installed around the perimeter of the lighthouse foundation. There were a total of 68 micro-piles installed at 75 tons each capacity.

Page 2 shows the actual location of the micro-piles and how they were spaced around the foundation. All of the work was inside of the cofferdam installed in 2008.

Page 3 shows an elevation view of the new piles in relation to the original piles. The new piles were installed into the marl layer under the lighthouse. The area between the cofferdam and the foundation was filled with sand and capped with stone.

For photos of the preservation construction, see the photo gallery below.

March 1, 2010, we awarded our Phase II contract to Palmetto Gunite Construction Company, Ravenel, SC, for just under $2 million. This was a design/build contract to install new concrete piles under the foundation. This contract also filled the inside of the Phase I cofferdam with sand to help stabilize the foundation. The installation of 68 new micro-piles rated at 75 tons each was completed a month ahead of schedule. The jack-up barge pulled away on July 31, 2010.

This work will surely stabilize the tower so that we can continue to restore and preserve it in subsequent phases.

We survived Hurricane Irene. The Army Corps of Engineers requires periodic inspections.

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