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December 2007

Redfern Health Center Study

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Craig Gaulden Davis has begun work on Clemson University’s Redfern Health Center. Clemson selected CGD to develop a program of space needs and conceptual planning for the renovation and expansion of medical, pharmacy, and counseling services as well as a women’s clinic.

Preliminary design is expected to continue through most of 2008. No schedule has been established for construction.

New Dorms Open in Anderson

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In 2007, Anderson University opened the doors of its newest dormitory to 44 students. The building offers a traditional dormitory arrangement for women, featuring common bathing facilities, a large activities room, a kitchen and laundry facility, and a suite for special guests of the University.

Craig Gaulden Davis provided design services in a design-build arrangement with Marsh Bell Construction.

The building is located across from the primary green space of the campus. The design includes enough parking and storm water management provisions to support future development. A master plan for the property includes several additional housing projects with a variety of living arrangements.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university, affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, that offers bachelors and masters degrees in approximately 50 areas of study. Dr. Evans P. Whitaker is the current president of the university.

Greenville Designers Auction Art

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The following article, written by Lillia Callum-Penso, appeared in The Greenville (SC) News December 3, 2007.

Every year, when the holidays draw near, the local chapter of the International Interior Design Association does something in the spirit of the season. Last year, the group of local designers raised money for charity at a holiday party. But this year, the members wanted to do something different. So they pooled their creativity and did what they do best.

“Before, we have done a silent auction and usually we auction items that manufacturers or reps have donated,” says Paula Mullenax, director of the Upstate IIDA city center chapter. “But this year we wanted to do something that we actually made.”

So the designers thought about readily available resources. The answer was memo samples, those 8-by-10-inch fabric pieces that tend to multiply at design firms, says Mullenax. The initial idea of making a quilt was nixed after she says they realized the time constraints and “the fact that none of us know how to make quilts.”

But the designers knew they wanted to create a piece of art with the textiles on hand. On Oct. 15, members crowded into rooms at Craig Gaulden Davis to get to work on what would become three very distinct pieces of textile art. The three teams dove into almost 30 boxes of collected samples to create the designs.

“You would have thought it was Christmas,” Mullenax says. “I think we each pulled out at least 20 samples. We had pinking shears. Some people had to have a ruler and an X-acto knife and some just cut free form. We had fun.”

The completed works will be on display and available for purchase at the art & light gallery in West Greenville. Gallery manager and owner Teresa Roche donated space and says she is impressed with the creativity of the artwork.

“They are extremely unique and colorful and warm,” Roche says of the pieces. “They have a very organic, textural soft feel to them.

“I just absolutely love them because most people have hard surfaces, and art is generally on a hard surface. But because it’s textiles that are woven together, it gives almost a softer, three-dimensional feel to the art. It’s really neat.”

The pieces will be on hand December 7 and 8. All money raised will be donated to Safe Harbor, a domestic abuse shelter for women and children in Greenville.