For 35 years, UCI Medical Affiliates Inc. has provided nonmedical management and administrative services for several freestanding medical centers, including urgent care centers and physical therapy clinics. These centers provide health care services throughout South Carolina.
UCI Medical also manages employer on-site medical practices and related occupational health services, focusing on quality care, cost-effective delivery of care and a close partnership with our clients.
Robert Mills Historic District
Nestled in Columbia’s Robert Mills Historic District, UCI Medical Affiliates of South Carolina (UCI), an environmentally friendly establishment, has called 1818 Henderson St. home since 2009.
UCI selected a building that had been deteriorating as its corporate headquarters. This choice made a significant statement about the company’s support for vibrant in-town office locations and their quest for environmental sustainability. UCI’s interest in an environmentally friendly rehabilitation serves as an outstanding example for reusing old buildings in Columbia’s city center.
The building was completely renovated with an eye toward conservation and sustainability. The renovation was designed by Columbia architecture firm Watson, Tate, Savory, which occupies the first LEED-certified building in Columbia’s city center. LEED, for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects implementing strategies for better environmental and health performance.
Inspired by the design of Seibels Garden, also in the Robert Mills district, UCI enlisted the talents of landscape designer Jenks Farmer to transform the grounds as well as the right-of-way that frames the building. This not only significantly enhances the streetscape, but also connects the site to the historic garden district.
UCI has been registered with the U.S. Green Building Council, which attests that a building meets materials and performance standards, as well as sustainability goals, for eco-friendly building practices. In 2010, UCI Medical’s building received LEED certification.
In 2009, the Columbia Choice Awards, which recognizes individuals, businesses, schools and organizations that add to the city’s appearance and quality of life, presented UCI Medical Affiliates with the Renovation/Reuse Award. The awards organization stated: “When this company located in the Robert Mills Historic District from three other locations, the landscaping was designed with its employees in mind – to give them an oasis to come to away from their cubicles. The plan complements the building, reflecting its lines in the height of the bamboo and the parasol plants. The plantings soften the exterior of the building and the diverse colors, leaves and shapes work together. The area is designed to be sustainable, requiring minimal maintenance and limited watering once established.”