The landscape architecture design-build firm, Waccamaw Landscaping and Construction was founded by Jean C. Rothrock in 1985 in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Jean and her partner, Chad O'Brien, are committed to the vision of environmentally sensitive landscape design supporting the needs of commercial, resort and residential development in South Carolina. The partners have recently opened a branch office in Spartanburg, South Carolina, led by the newest addition to the team, Chris Bradey, bringing their vision to the upstate.
After graduating the University of Georgia's School of Landscape Architecture in 1983, Jean moved to Georgetown, South Carolina. Over thirty years later, Jean is still very much in love with the historically rich area and the creative opportunities it has given to employ her personal and professional philosophy of "whole design" -- seamlessly incorporating new construction into an existing environment.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Chad grew up vacationing in Pawleys Island and has a deep love for the area. After graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture, he moved to Pawleys Island to join Jean in Waccamaw Landscaping and Construction. He was impressed with the company, as well as Jean's creative drive and felt his work would complement and expand the company. In 2004, Chad became a full partner in the firm.
A native of the upstate, Chris also graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture. He relocated to Myrtle Beach after completing his degree, but after nine years on the coast, Chris felt it was time to move back to the upstate to be around family and the mountains.
From Myrtle Beach to Georgetown, the company's projects are testaments to their dedication and sensitivity to the coastal area and its residents. In Pawleys Island, the Hammock Shops Village is a recent renovation project that captures the essence of the Pawleys Island lifestyle, preserving the history of the area with updated grounds and infrastructure that will provide sustainability for years to come. The carefully chosen historical plant palette adds life and beauty to this project, calling visitors to sit, relax and enjoy.
The renewal and enhancement of Litchfield by the Sea encompasses a wide array of Jean and Chad's creative talents, providing beauty and lifestyle enhancements, including a fishing pier, a crabbing dock and a boardwalk, as well as reconfigured roads and common areas. Chad's expertise in planning and augmenting landscape design in resort areas is highly sought after by developers and builders of new and existing structures. The magnificent North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a shining example of Chad's expertise. Waccamaw Landscaping installed 80% of all the resort's plant material, designed streetscapes and irrigation systems. This same care and attention to detail can be seen in the company's work in the planning and landscape design of Cresswind Myrtle Beach, a residential development in the Market Common district.
The company gained national attention with their work on ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition creating beautiful and functional landscape designs for two homes in the area, making a positive change in the lives of local residents. While not every project is featured on national television, both Jean and Chad feel it is important to give back to the community they love.
Historic renewal and restoration projects are a special love of Jean's. Her award-winning Silver Hill Project in Georgetown was featured in Southern Living, Working with city planners and the architectural review board, the former Moose Lodge on Broad Street became four homes designed to match surrounding historic structures, set among original shrubs and trees, including the county's oldest camellia. Other historic projects include the antebellum Rosebank Plantation grounds renewal project and Weymouth Plantation on Black River. Jean's expertise also extends into high end residential projects, along the quiet, well-tended streets of the Dunes Club, Prince George, DeBordieu and Georgetown's Historic District.
Public projects, such as the Myrtle Beach Airport, Market Common and the Myrtle Beach Convention Center provide interesting examples of the company's versatility and ability to work within restricted budgets. "We are able to create an appealing environment, while also addressing the project's requirements for parking lots, lighting, sidewalks and utilities," said Chad.
"I believe our success is because we are able to stay focused on what we know best," says Jean. "We deliver a very high quality product that has a great deal of thought and discussion going into it before the drawing ever begins. By listening to what the client wants, we are able to translate those ideas into a finished product that works."