Sun City Carolina Lakes

Gazebo and landscape design at Sun City Carolina Lakes

Cardno served as the theming, landscape architecture and visioning consultant on the Sun City Carolina Lakes project.

Sun City Carolina Lakes is a Del Webb Active Adult community located in Lancaster, South Carolina. The site is approximately 1400 acres of rolling terrain with large stands of existing vegetation, and over six man-made lakes. Cardno worked with the client and design team to implement the strict Del Webb branding standards to achieve the most aesthetic, yet functional, marketing trail possible. This included planning the site approach from over a half a mile away to ensure the customer had a welcoming arrival. One challenging aspect of the main entrance was that the development sat alongside a 55 mph highway so we designed a 16ft tall waterfall with a one acre lake along the frontage to catch the visitors attention.  

Other projects within the development included four miles of boulevard layout and design, over three miles of walking trail, a golf course clubhouse, a woodworkers shop, a dog park, a sports complex, a model home village and two amenity sites. The main amenity site was challenging in that it was long and narrow. The 12-acre site preserved approximately three acres as tree save fronting a 22-acre lake. It is a two-story, 25,000 sf structure and Cardno designed tennis and pickle ball courts, a tennis building, an outdoor swimming and spa area, trails fronting the lake, and a boardwalk trail meandering through the tree save to avoid disruption of the root zone. The final design element was an outdoor concert venue that included a stage, amphitheater, open air pavilion, and outdoor seating space with decorative planting.