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Hartness Town Architect

Tori Babcock

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About Hartness

Hartness is an award-winning, 468-acre urban village offering residences and homesites connected by lush pathways, green streets, and community gathering spaces. Hartness is a Lew Oliver, Inc master planned community.  It boasts unique amenities including the Grand Lawn, the Sports Garden, the Hartness Farm, 15 miles of outdoor trails throughout the development's 180 preserved acres, a fitness center, and many sparkling lakes and ponds. Additional amenities will include a Tennis Center, a clubhouse, and a resort-style pool complex. The Village Center at Hartness, open to residents and the public alike, is home to the One5 restaurant and various specialty retail shops, casual and fine dining, and services will be located there as well. Hotel Hartness, situated within the community, offers 73 guest rooms, an executive conference center, waterside dining, and a luxury spa.   Hartness is located on South Highway 14 between Pelham and Woodruff roads - conveniently located on Greenville's urban edge adjacent to the I-85 corridor, ten miles from downtown and five miles from GSP Airport. For more information on Hartness, visit www.hartnessliving.com


Hartness Accolades

  • 2022 Gold Winner – Hartness, Single Family Community, 100 + Units – Best in American Living Awards
  • 2021 Winner – Hartness, Best Social Media – Pinnacle Awards
  • 2021 Winner – Hartness, Best Overall Marketing Campaign – Pinnacle Awards
  • 2021 Winner – Hartness, Best Community – Pinnacle Awards
  • 2020 Gold Winner – Jasmine Cottage, Single-Family Custom Home – Best in American Living Awards
  • 2020 Winner – Jasmine Cottage, Best Overall and Best Kitchen in the Custom New Home Category – Bridge Awards
  • 2020 Winner – Magnolia Home, Best Overall and Best Bath in its Custom New Home Category – Bridge Awards


The Town Architect Role:

The Town Architect’s job is to understand, interpret and, when necessary, modify the Design Guidelines.  The Town Architect is not responsible for designing individual houses but will facilitate the design of houses consistent with the overall design vision for the neighborhood.  The Town Architect must have a professional degree in architecture or urban design from an accredited university, or comparable qualifications, and must have experience in traditional neighborhood or urban design, and/or other qualifications deemed appropriate.


1.       Design Review Process                                                                                             

  • Follow ARB process for all submittals coming in and going out thru the ARB Administrator
  • Provide regular oversight of all homes under construction, review for construction discrepancies, provide final inspection at completion.
  • Provide Orientation Meeting to purchasers desiring custom homes.
  • Work with Architects, ARB/Sales Team for cost containment of Hartness Construction homes.


2.       Design Guidelines                                      

  • Ensure Design Guidelines, Addendum, Lot Specific Standards, Diversity Code, and Materials List are kept up to date.
  • Design Guidance for new phases                                                    
    • Create thoughtful placemaking features in platting, house placement, landscape, and design.
    • Develop new guidelines, lot specific standards, etc. for new phases, as needed.


3.       Builder and Architect Relationships                                                                                       

  • Maintain strong relationships with builders to maximize momentum for them buying lots from us and doing more specs to improve yearly sales.
  • Keep approved builders and architects updated with our latest design standards.
  • Lead monthly builder meetings to review construction progress and address concerns, as it relates to ARB.
  • Develop annual meetings of the entire Builder’s Guild membership creating appropriate agenda/program for those meetings.
  • Review and recommend new Architects and Landscape Architects to be approved for work at Hartness.


4.       Sales & Marketing-Assistance                                                  

  • Provide assistance to sales through lot fits, design guidance & architects.
  • Provide house design information to marketing as designs are finalized.
  • Revise standard floor plans for local market, as needed.


5.       Hartness Construction

  • Assist Hartness Construction, our sister company, in modifying existing home plans. 
  • These plans may be homes previously built that need site specific modifications.
  • These plans may be new plans by Lew Oliver, Inc or other approved architecture firms.
  • Town Architect must be able to modify plans to meet local building code and Hartness Design Guidelines.
  • New Home Designs, ADU, or other auxiliary uses may need to be created.


6.       Common Area Architecture, Preferred

  • Preference will be given to individuals who are licensed architects in South Carolina.
  • Design and manage construction of small, placemaking amenities, including but not limited to Mail Kiosks, Gate Houses with bathrooms, Pergolas, and/or Gazebos.


Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

  • A professional degree in architecture or urban design from an accredited university, or comparable qualifications.
  • Experience in traditional neighborhood or urban design, and/or other qualifications deemed appropriate.
  • Strong communication skills—verbal and written.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office and Bluebeam Revu.
  • Ability to handle complex and often controversial situations.
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and projects.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to community members, stakeholders, and agencies.
  • Ability to effectively identify problems and to be resourceful and creative in developing solutions, requesting the assistance or input of others as appropriate.


Applicants should send cover letters, resumes and portfolio samples to Tori Babcock, Director of Development, at  tbabcock@hartnessliving.com.

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