The Standard at Columbia

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A 17-story, 678-bed student housing tower at 1401 Assembly St. in Columbia’s Arsenal Hill neighborhood.

The Standard at Columbia opened for the fall semester of 2023. The project features 678 beds across 247 fully furnished studios to five-bedroom units.

The Standard at Columbia is located on an urban-infill site at the Washington and Assembly Streets intersection. The development is steps from retail, restaurant, and entertainment offerings in downtown Columbia as well as the University of South Carolina, which welcomed its largest freshman class in the 2022-23 academic year, supporting future demand for campus-adjacent housing.

The project features a generous amenity package that includes a resort-style rooftop pool with sun shelves, jumbotron, fire pit, and outdoor grilling stations; complimentary tanning beds; fitness center; multi-sport simulator; academic lounge with private study rooms and computer lab; resident clubroom; bike storage; and garage parking with EV charging stations.

Citizens Bank provided construction financing for the project. CRG’s integrated partner Lamar Johnson Collaborative (LJC) designed the project, while parent company Clayco will serve as the general contractor.

Celebrating Black Main Street Through Art

Now largely an arts district called The Vista, the area in and around Washington Street was once called “Black Main Street” and bustled with African American owned businesses. The mural celebrates and remembers that vibrant time through three mural locations.

The mural in the walkway next to the library welcomes families and visitors and the murals on Assembly Street and on interior corners of the building will be seen by pedestrians and drivers. Included in the mural are The Big Apple Club, Capitol Theatre, Do Drop Inn, Phoenix Cafe, Blue Palace Barbershop/Northwestern Mutual, Victory Savings and Bank, Counts Drug Store, Angeline’s Beauty Parlor, and multiple businesses  at 1030 Washington Street (Jack’s Lunch, Smitty’s Lounge, Ann’s Beauty Salon, Red’s Pool Hall, Washington Street Cafe, and Robinson’s Barber Shop).

About the Artist: Sharon Dowell

Sharon Dowell is a painter with a focus on works on canvas, murals and public art. Intertwining themes course through her paintings; the energy of place, renewal, regeneration, and redemption. She believes that creative place making communicates distinctiveness and generates connections across communities. Thus, it is important for her murals and public art to also serve as a vehicle to give back and shape communities for the better.


Columbia, South Carolina


441,980 SF


  • Architect: Lamar Johnson Collaborative